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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 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 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 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 Mystery 95 Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Mystery 95 Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      Exactly what you want in your Marlborough Savvy!! Fresh, crisp acidity, big varietal fruit along with a pungent tropical nose. Passionfruit and grapefruit abound with this beauty. Fantastic with all salad dishes and fresh lively seafood meals. Rip...

      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 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
      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 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
      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
      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
      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 Tupari Marlborough Pinot Gris

      2014 Tupari Marlborough Pinot Gris

      Marlborough may be famed as Savvy specialists but as consumers tire of the same old flavours, it’s good to know there are other aromatic whites beating down the door to gain recognition. Tupari are a small producer in the Awatere Valley hand craft...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Mount Riley Pinot Gris

      2014 Mount Riley Pinot Gris

      We are going on a Gris hunt, we’re looking for a good one. Oh looks like we found it. Thanks to the winemaking nous of Mount Riley we’ve located an aromatic white that makes an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. All of Marlborough’s charms are on sho...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc

      This sauvignon blanc out of Marlborough is more than the usual passionfruit bomb. It's quite fragrant with smells of chopped herbs, citrus, gooseberries and passionfruit, whilst the palate is youthful and crisp with a talcy texture, zippy limy aci...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Gris

      2014 Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Gris

      Forget Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris really should be 'the' variety of Marlborough. Of course the Marlborough winemakers just look plainly disgusted/confused/annoyed when you say such a thing, but the fact remains that the variety just 'works' in Ma...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2012 Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2012 Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      Whilst Kim himself has left the building (the winery building that is. He has another label now) his eponymous wine brand continues on merrily, in this - perhaps it's best known - Sauvignon Blanc guise, the brand is all about approachable, yet cla...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough