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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 Baxter Estate Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Baxter Estate Sauvignon Blanc

      This Sauvignon Blanc is affectionately known as the 'horsey wine' here at Cracka HQ, with that cool little silver horse very popular. It turns out the juice inside the bottle is pretty handy too, with this Baxter Estate Sauvignon Blanc made by...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      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
      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 Naked Vine Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Naked Vine Sauvignon Blanc

      Marlborough Sauv Blanc best drunk in the nude. Oh yes, you would want to drink this in the nude. But that would be very rude. You could drink it in a hat. Or sitting on a mat. It would taste great, no matter where you sat. Organic and p...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Daisy Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris

      2014 Daisy Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris

      This is our most popular Pinot Gris here at Cracka and no surprises why! A ripe and deliciously fruit driven wine, this couples all the juiciness of Pinot Gris with the crisp natural acidity of Marlborough. Sadly, like all good things, thi...

      Cracka rating80
      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 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
      2015 Brush Strokes Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Brush Strokes Sauvignon Blanc

      From the picturesque Mount Lofty Ranges, found east of Adelaide in South Australia. This beautifully crafted Sauvignon Blanc is showing classic varietal aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit and gooseberry. The palate is intense and lively, with trop...

      Cracka rating80
      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
      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
      2015 Vidal White Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Vidal White Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      Fruit for this wine was sourced from the Awatere and Wairau valleys where typical warm days and cool nights provide classic flavours, intensity and definition. Vineyard selection for this wine was based on the potential of each site to produce win...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Cravens Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Cravens Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      Cravens Creek is a super Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc normally reserved for restaurants that we recently got our hands on. From a well known Marlborough name it has all the powerful passionfruit and guava fruit you could ever ask for all underpinne...

      Cracka rating80
      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
      2014 Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 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
      2013 Tiki Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir

      2013 Tiki Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir

      Tiki estate have carved themselves a pretty handy Pinot reputation over the past few years, headlined with juicy little numbers like this. Perfumed, pretty and pert, this couples the strawberry and cherry goodness of Marlborough Pinot with just en...

      Cracka rating90
      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
      2014 Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      There's a certain style of savvy we have come to expect from Marlborough, and this offering from Saint Clair ticks all the boxes for lovers of the style. There are plenty of passionfruit, citrus and other tropical fruits on the nose, whilst the pa...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2013 Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc

      2013 Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc

      Vibrant and intense, showing ripe, clean stone and grapefruit characters. It is very concentrated with a generous textured mouthfeel and a long clean finish.

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Marlborough
      2013 Dog Point Pinot Noir

      2013 Dog Point Pinot Noir

      Marlborough arguably doesn't get the acclaim it deserves for its Pinot Noir, as the region gets largely overlooked in favour of Martinborough and Central Otago in the NZ Pinot hierarchy. The best Marlborough Pinots though are typically delicious w...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2012 Ara Select Blocks Pinot Noir

      2012 Ara Select Blocks Pinot Noir

      This is one of the flagship wines for Ara. Lots of cherries adorn the nose of this wine, whilst the palate is dry, savoury and bright with a generous hit of toasty oak adding complexity. Take it to your next dinner party, especially if they are se...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough