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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 Naked Vine Marlborough Pinot Noir

      2014 Naked Vine Marlborough Pinot Noir

      Finding good Pinot for under $30 is hard work. Damn tricky. It's a quest that requires us to taste absolute shedloads of wine, most of which waver between 'flavourless red cordial impersonation' and 'that's not Pinot Noir'. But then wines like...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2016 Lilypad Sauvignon Blanc

      2016 Lilypad Sauvignon Blanc

      This Sauvignon Blanc from Lilypad is insanely addictive, with tropical and citrus aromas and zesty acidity on the finish. A tropical and vibrant savvy with great appeal and at a great price? Yes, please! And don’t forget the seafood!

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Marlborough
      2016 Tuamarina Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2016 Tuamarina Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      There is Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc... and there is the Tuamarina Sauvignon Blanc. This crisp and lively number shows an extra level of intensity over your average Marlborough Sauvvy, with a cavalcade of passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours a go-go....

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc

      Quality and class ooze out of this stonkingly good Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Bob Campbell mentions a nod to Sancerre in this wine, and its so easy to see why. Wonderful acid structure, but its the minerality in this wine that gives it a big...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Clipped Wings Pinot Gris

      2015 Clipped Wings Pinot Gris

      Do you love NZ Pinot Gris? Then you'll love this offering from Marlborough winery, Clipped Wings. This is a fresh, flavoursome perfect summer drinking premium Kiwi Pinot Gris, and will pair perfectly with seafood.

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Marlborough
      NV Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvee

      NV Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvee

      Here’s a Kiwi sparkler to put a spring in your step, a cool climate blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Lindauer. It’s made in the classic methode Champenoise style so you get all the same expression of the French stuff with out the fancy name...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Marlborough
      2016 La Luna Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2016 La Luna Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      Hailing from a winery located in Marlborough, this is a classic Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc with loads of character. Best served with a kilo of fresh prawns on a hot, sunny summer's day.

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Marlborough
      2012 Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc

      2012 Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc

      Rimapere, translated from Maori, the indigenous language of New Zealand, into English means "five arrows". These five arrows represent the five branches of the legendary Rothschild family and are represented in a stylised crest on the label. The r...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2016 Vidal White Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2016 Vidal White Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      Full of passionfruit and citrus on the nose and palate, all tied up in a neat bow with racy acidity, and a crisp, light finish.

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Mt Ara Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Dozens

      2014 Mt Ara Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Dozens

      This Sauvignon Blanc screams all things Marlborough. It's tropical and passionfuity on the nose, with some frisky, zippy, lemony acid on the palate, and a dryish, fruity finish. Would be great to share with your mates over some 'fesh and cheps' bro.

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      If you like your savvys crammed full of passionfruit and assorted tropicals, you've come to the right place! This is a rich, highly fruity number that is almost too intense for its own good, with an abundance of passionfruit, yellow citrus, guava ...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Nanny Goat Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

      2015 Nanny Goat Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

      Where is the coolest place in the world for Pinot Noir? Well, Central Otago of course, which is just where this tasty morsel comes from. Dense plum, blueberry and raspberry flavour but still with that beautiful perfume that great Pinot Noir is all...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc

      You’ll have a Crowded House when you crack open this smart savvy from Marlborough. No-one will be able to resist the taste, the vitality, the utter refreshment when this has been chilled to perfection. It’s layered in citrus, passionfruit and redo...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc

      Within the Waipara Valley, Pegasus Bay vineyard gets maximum protection from the Pacific’s easterly breezes by being tucked up under the lee of the Teviotdale Range. This Main Divide Waipara Sauvignon Blanc is a true example of exquisite, except...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Wither Hills Pinot Gris

      2015 Wither Hills Pinot Gris

      There are few wineries in Marlborough that could claim to be as successful as Wither Hills and the brand is world famous for producing classic Kiwi wines that represent the region in such an evocative way. This is a classic Gris style based on the...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2016 Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris

      2016 Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris

      At the top of the South Island of New Zealand is Blenheim, where the Catalina Sounds wines hail from. These are elegant, cool and collected styles that show how well Pinot Gris is developing as an alternative to the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc. Thi...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Marlborough
      2016 Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc

      2016 Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc

      Are you a Savvy purchaser? This question has a distinct double meaning because it refers to whether you like to buy Sauvignon Blanc and do you like it at a keen price. This is at the premium end of Marlborough but what you get in return is a wine ...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Auntsfield Marlborough Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

      2014 Auntsfield Marlborough Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

      Our Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality – qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard. P...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Marlborough
      2016 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Gris

      2016 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Gris

      More Gris goodness from the cellars of Villa Maria, New Zealand’s most prolific and awarded winery. This shows the level of care that goes into the fruit selection for the cellar range with Gris grapes sourced exclusively from the Awatere Valley i...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Crowded House Pinot Noir

      2015 Crowded House Pinot Noir

      Ironic having a wine from New Zealand called Crowded House, but we are fairly sure it’s nothing to do with the band, unless times are hard and they’ve moved on from making music to making wine? No, this is actually a Pinot blended with fruit from ...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough