Grape Expectations: Marlborough

Marlborough is possibly the most famous wine region in New Zealand, thanks to its reputation for world-class Sauvignon Blanc – a trend that kicked off in the 1980s and is still going strong.

Like much of New Zealand, Marlborough is heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean. This has a moderating influence on its climate which, together with its South Island location makes it perfect for cool-climate grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is notable for its incredibly pungent guava, passion-fruit style, and while many in the wine trade believe this style may have had its day, I can assure them that it is still enormously popular judging by the many pallets of the stuff that leave our warehouse every year!

Kiwi wines are notable for freshness, purity of fruit, and in general excellent quality. I have already mentioned Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but do also look for Riesling, Pinot Gris and traditional method sparkling wines.

Recommendation: Esk Valley Pinot Noir, Marlborough – From an OWC favourite producer, this Pinot Noir shows vibrant red cherry notes combined with a warming spice from well-judged oak. Light, elegant and refined.

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