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
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 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 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
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
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
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 Reserve Road Marlborough Pinot Noir

2013 Reserve Road Marlborough 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
2011 Maven Premier Pinot Gris

2011 Maven Premier Pinot Gris

We're not going to mention Jeff Kennett, or Nick Greiner, or John Fahey or Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Nor are we going to talk about the old Holden Premier. No siree! It's all about the wine really, with no other token premiers in sight! Speaking of, t...

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
2013 Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc

This is quite a ballsy, fleshy savvy out of Marlborough that is bound to satisfy the fussiest palates. Loads of tropical fruits decorate the nose with abundant passionfruits to the fore. The palate is almost rich and fruit-sweet, with a sprinkle o...

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 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
2012 Crowded House Pinot Noir

2012 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
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 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 Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc

2013 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