Marlborough

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Marlborough
Latitude
Altitude
25 - 75 m
Growing Season Rainfall
300 mm
Mean January Temperature
17.7°C
Harvest
Mid March to late April
Wineries
128
Website
Cracka Rating 0

About Marlborough

When you think Marlborough, you think Sauvignon Blanc. Never has a region become so synonymous with a varietal that it has almost become its own brand. These zesty, passionfruit wines single-handedly took Chardonnay’s market share in Australia in the early 2000s, and continue to do so today. Positioned in the northern-eastern end of the South Island, the first commercial vines were planted in Marlborough in 1973 by industry giant Montana (now Brancott Estate). However, it wasn’t until 1985 that Marlborough was recognised, and Cloudy Bay put it on the map with, of course, Sauvignon Blanc. Today, around 50% of plantings in Marlborough is Sauvignon Blanc which accounts for 85% of New Zealand’s Savvy production. Pinot Noir has just pipped Chardonnay for the next largest plantings with Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Syrah bringing up the rear. Marlborough’s main sub-regions are Wairau and Awatere Valley. The climate is relatively cool, but the area does experience sunny, dry summers that makes irrigation essential. The soil profile tends to be free-draining alluvial loams over a gravelly subsoil that is of low fertility providing ideal conditions for vines. The main challenge for Marlborough is spring frosts that can mark the arrival of wind fans and helicopters to circulate the air and minimise damage to the fruit. The white wine styles of Marlborough, especially Sauvignon Blanc, can be identified by their pungent passionfruit, tropical and herbaceous characters. Marlborough is now trying to build a reputation for its Pinot Noirs that tend be tight in structure with an abundance of cherry and plum fruit. It is also worth mentioning that Marlborough produces some decent sparkling wines that are rich and full-bodied.

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2014 Maven Premier Pinot Gris

2014 Maven Premier Pinot Gris

Named after a Holden Premier (not really) this lovely textured Pinot Gris comes from a beautiful vineyard perched on the edge of the Wairau River in Marlborough. Gently rounded, with plenty of flavour, this is a perfect little Pinot Gris from a re...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough
2013 Fernridge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Fernridge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This is the first time that the Fernridge wines have come to Australia and gee we're glad to seem them! This Sauv, drawn from the Awatere Valley, is a very juicy little number, full of citrussy sauvy flavours with a liberal dash of passionfruit fo...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2014 Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Gee we're lucky to score some of this. A current release Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, made by a very well known name, and well priced? That's like finding rocking horse poo (that's still warm). Thankfully there's nothing pooey about this Sauv, with it's ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough
NV Villa Maria Private Bin Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

NV Villa Maria Private Bin Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Love Marlborough Sauvy? Love Bubbly? Well Villa Maria have listened and they have added a slight bubble to their famous and utterly delicious Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Clean, fresh, vibrant and popping with gooseberry, green apple and citrus, t...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Maven Estate Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Maven Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Maven is one of Cracka's favourite Sauvignon Blanc producers and in 2013 the wines are (again) right on song with powerful grassy, passionfruit flavours beautifully supported by crisp acidity. Is there a better wine to enjoy with a meal outdoors -...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2014 By Ant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 By Ant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Ant Moore is one of Marlborough's leading winemakers despite hailing from Western Sydney. Not only does he have some of the prettiest labels around but his wines also take the cake. With bright, juicy, grassy passionfruit flavours underpinned by c...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Cloud No.9 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Cloud No.9 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This cracking Sauvy is one of the best value for money Kiwi Sauv Blancs we have ever had a Cracka Wines. Clean, fresh, vibrant and long, this fine example of what our neighbours can do across the ditch and is testament to that the fact that you do...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Baxter Estate Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Baxter Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Although we're a bit confused as to why there is a horse on this label, there is no doubt that this is some seriously good value savvy. Bright, vibrant and packed with all the hallmarks that Marlborough sauvignon so sought after and celebrated. Gi...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2013 Mount Patriarch Pinot Noir

2013 Mount Patriarch Pinot Noir

Located on two river terraces with the mountains standing sentinel, the Mount Patriarch vineyard is a jewel in the crown of the Wairau Valley. The limestone rich soil and unique micro climate allow the team at the winery to grow these grapes organ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough
2013 Mount Patriarch Pinot Gris

2013 Mount Patriarch Pinot Gris

Mount Patriarch is a vineyard located in the beautiful Wairau Valley, also known as Marlborough wine ground central. What sets this vineyard apart is that is certified organic, which means less chemical and synthetic additions and generally more l...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough
2014 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc

Stoneleigh is a benchmark in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Packed full of citrus and tropical fruits and fresh zingy acidity, making it a vibrant and lively wine. Pair it with a fresh green salad or some thing a little spicy and you've got a sure-f...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough
2014 Daisy Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Daisy Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Don't you just hate those kiwis when they keep turning out juice like this. Fun filled, fruit driven, lovely fresh acidity; wines that just make you think of Summer. From a well-known name comes this little gem that ticks every box. Typical but cl...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2014 Reserve Road Pinot Noir

2014 Reserve Road Pinot Noir

Getting drinkable Pinot Noir under $15 is near impossible which is why when we saw this wine from Lake Road in Marlborough we just had to have it. It is fair and square our best Pinot Noir value yet - with juicy wild strawberry and cherry fruits a...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Reserve Road Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Reserve Road Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Lake Road is one of Marlborough's rising stars and with wines like this we can see why! It is a delicious tropical scented little number with layers after layer of passionfruit flavours, beautifully balanced with zesty acidity. It's an each way wi...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Ara Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Ara Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Ara takes a slight step up with this single estate sauvignon blanc. It's a bit more reined in and refined in style showing more white peach and grapefruit with tropical hints. The palate is quite graceful with upright citrus acidity, a mineral tex...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2014 Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris

2014 Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris

Lots of nashi pears, stone fruits and honey appear on the nose, and on the palate it is lush, floral and spicy with a smidgen of sweetness up front and a refreshing lemon finish. It would drink well with some pad Thai.

Cracka rating70
Region: Marlborough
2014 Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc

If you are going to buy a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, you may as well head to the source and that is Marlborough. The Lawson's were originally grape growers before they decided to turn their hands at making wine and we are pleased they did b...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

If you are expecting a pungent passionfruity wine, think again! This is so left-field it will blow your mind, but one taste will have you hooked. It's a delicate, slightly funky number that shows gooseberries, lime citrus, pears and honeydew melon...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2012 Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc

This is a cracking example of savvy, but don't expect the usual smash in the face with passionfruit that you normally get - this is a different beast all together! There are some tropical fruit smells on the nose, but it's all mixed up in some mat...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Made from fruit sourced from the Marlborough sub-region of the Wairau Valley, it is like the Saint Clair estate savvy turned up to eleven! Everything is amplified in this wine as it explodes with passionfruit, gooseberry and citrus smells. The pal...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough