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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

      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
      2014 Naked Vine Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Naked Vine Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      We've sold quite a few smart wines sourced from Marlborough's renowned Patriarch vineyard here at Cracka, so little surprise when we turned the label around and read where this Sauv Blanc comes from. A bright and pungent Sauv Blanc, it is drenched...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Naked Vine Marlborough Pinot Gris

      2014 Naked Vine Marlborough Pinot Gris

      We don't get to see enough good Kiwi Pinot Gris really - just oceans of Sauv Blanc. More Gris! More Gris! When its good - like this Naked Vine - it's lovely rich and sensual stuff. Sourced from the organic Patriarch vineyard in Marlborough's Waira...

      Cracka rating90
      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 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 Daisy Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris

      2014 Daisy Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris

      This little bargain out of Marlborough is a rich, ripe style of PG that has an added layer of creaminess. Aromas of spicy pears and apples rise from the glass, along with a touch of honey and dairy. The palate is plush and stone fruity, with some ...

      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 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 Naked Vine Marlborough Pinot Noir

      2014 Naked Vine Marlborough Pinot Noir

      Another clever release from Marlborough's organic Patriarch Vineyard, this is ripe and long Kiwi Pinot Noir with the sort of seriousness not always seen in Mal bro Pinot. Should live a while too and provide a whole lotta tasty Pinot drinking along...

      Cracka rating100
      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 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
      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
      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 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
      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
      2013 Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Chardonnay

      2013 Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Chardonnay

      Lawson Dry Hills have carved out quite the reputation with aromatic wines such as riesling and gewurztraminer, so now they are having a crack at chardonnay. This is a full, rich style of chardy with generous oak that shows aromas of toasted vanill...

      Cracka rating80
      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
      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 Angel Cove Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Angel Cove Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      If you are into your Marlborough sav blancs, then this one should be on your value barometer. Smells of passionfruit, gooseberries, mangos, citrus and a hint of grassiness waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is light, crisp and zesty, with zi...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Marlborough