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 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 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
Refreshing NZ Sauvignon Dozen With FREE James Halliday Wine Guide

Refreshing NZ Sauvignon Dozen With FREE James Halliday Wine Guide

12 super Sauvignon Blancs plus a FREE 2014 James Halliday Wine Companion - what deal that is! Tick off your drinking and reading needs all in one fell swoop!

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
Cracking Christmas Mixed Dozen

Cracking Christmas Mixed Dozen

At this time of the year everyone needs a case of cracking wines for entertaining when the neighbours or family drops around. So we've put together a mixed case of whites or reds to keep all your drop ins happy. We've got Sauvignon Blanc, bubbly, ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2013 Mystery Premium Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Mystery Premium Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

To be completely honest, the only reason why we're not telling you the identity of this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is because we're not meant to have it. Not at all. In fact, it's not even meant to be in Australia... So why are we bringing thi...

Cracka rating80
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 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
The Top Drawer Red Dozen

The Top Drawer Red Dozen

With Autumn just around the corner it is time to stock up of heart-warming reds. So we've put together a case of bold reds sure to please. With reds from the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Heathcote, Central Otago and Orange plus brands like Kangarilla Ro...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Castaway Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Castaway Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Another tasty white wine from the Maven vineyard, this crisp and vibrant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc couldn't be any more classically Kiwi if it tried - a simply delicious, simply refreshing white wine for immediate drinking pleasure.

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2014 Maven Premier Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Maven Premier Sauvignon Blanc

If this wine was in human form it would be 2 inches taller than everyone else - a veritable giant of a wine, complete with serious concentration and intensity to burn. A single vineyard Sauv from the beating heart of New Zealand Sauv Blanc Land, ...

Cracka rating90
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
2012 Spinning Top Pinot Noir

2012 Spinning Top Pinot Noir

This is quite a juicy style of pinot noir out of Marlborough that shows aromas of red fruits and dark cherries on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied, bright and fruity, with a lick of toasty oak, mellow tannins, and a fresh, vibrant finish with...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2011 Daisy Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris

2011 Daisy Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris

New Zealand did it first with Sauvignon Blanc, making a style that took the world by storm with its intense, ripe fruit flavour with loads of personality. Then came Pinot Noir and now Pinot Gris.

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
2013 Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir

2013 Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir

We’ve been watching Kiwi Pinot Noir with interest for a while and with good reason as it’s really beginning to emerge as a star performer. This Pinot from Catalina Sounds is one of those easy drinking, medium-bodied reds that you’ll be hard pushed...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough
2014 Tylers Stream Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Tylers Stream Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is such an easy drink you'll be reaching for that second glass in an instant! A rich, bright style of savvy introduces itself with smells of grass, snow peas, pineapples, passionfruit and citrus, whilst the palate comes across as lighter...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2013 Cloudy Bay Pinot Gris

2013 Cloudy Bay Pinot Gris

Cloudy Bay was the first winery in Marlborough, so it is not surprising they are well ahead of the game over there. This is more of an off-dry style of gris that shows appealing smells of ripe pears, necterines, soft spices and hints of breadiness...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2013 Spy Valley Envoy Gewurztraminer

2013 Spy Valley Envoy Gewurztraminer

This little spook is a sultry seductress that smells of fragrant Thai and Moroccan spices on the nose, with a bit of tropical fruit salad in the mix. The palate is vivid and fuller-bodied with a touch of sweetness, approachable acidity and a long,...

Cracka rating100
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
2011 Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc

There is Marlborough Savvy and then there is Te Koko – the most recognisable Savvy in the world. Big, bold, huge Sauvignon Blanc with lashing of sweet passionfruit flavours given interest with creamy, toasty French oak. A wine in a million!

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough