Nautilus Awatere River Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 $62.99 (4.5 stars)

Nautilus’ Awatere River vineyard is a small, terraced site approximately 25 kilometres upstream on the north bank of the Awatere River and Pinot was planted there in 1999. Nineteen years on, those vines are turning out super-concentrated fruit that just dances into the bottle. Silky and seductive, there’s a sniff of toast from 11 months […]

Summerhouse Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016 $19.99

Summerhouse is a family-owned company that harnesses the talents of legendary Master of Wine, Sam Harrop to create wines that were until recently only available overseas. Sourced from the Taylor Pass in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, this gris has punchy pear and juicy peach flavours, smashed together with crunchy apple and spicy quince characters to create […]

Eradus Single Vineyard Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2016 $18.00

Marlborough’s Awatere Valley injects its own distinctly floral element into all the wines which come from it. This rich, spicy, super-succulent pinot gris has quince, baked apple and banging acidity on the palate. It’s a gris that’ll hit that honeyed, citrus spot and brings in a classic edge of pear, white peach and pepper, which […]

Loveblock Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2014 $21.99 (4.5 stars)

I love the burst of lychee and honeysuckle and sweet citrus you get as soon as you drop your nose into the glass. Crafted by Kim and Erica Crawford from fruit grown with buckets of love in the middle of the Awatere Valley, this certified organic wine is absolutely heaving with luscious stonefruit and magical, […]

Stanley Estates Block 8 Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 ($28) (4.5 stars)

Such a deliciously earthy undercurrent sweeps across the nose and palate of this wine. Gold medal winner at last years Japan Wine Challenge, the Block 8 is a taut, tamarillo-laden lovely that’s edged with spice, wild fruits, bold acidity and chewy tannins – this Awatere Valley-grown pinot noir is definitely one to watch. Actually don’t […]

Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Riesling 2016 $19.66

The soft, spicy apple and lime aromas of this beautifully bone-dry riesling really appeal.  Immediately zesty and gum-tingling on the palate, boatloads of mandarin, lemon, and grapefruity goodness abound on the finish. Sip with: parsley and panko crusted fish fillets. www.tohuwines.co.nz  

Starborough Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $18.99

Incredibly juicy and tropical, this is a passionfruit and lime fest if ever I tasted one. But the other thing I love about this wine is that it’s SO textural. Produced from two Awatere Valley vineyards (Starborough + Long Lane) and a Wairau site (O’Dwyers Farm) the result of the blend is a super-concentrated, lemongrass […]

Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2013 375ml ($35) (4 stars)

Chenin blanc is a rare thing here in New Zealand in its normal form, so to come across a dessert version sent me straight to my happy place. Baked apples filled with buttery, boozy sultanas, spice and mixed peel all wash across the palate alongside a lick of manuka honey and sweet lime. Delish. www.astrolabewines.co.nz

Clos Marguerite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

This tiny, tinsel-tastic little vineyard in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley is one of the regions’ best kept secrets.  Marguerite and her husband, winemaker Jean Charles van Hove, have quietly been crafting exceptional sauvignon blanc on their tiny 8ha vineyard since arriving from France in 1996. You’ll be forgiven for not having heard of them, they fly […]

Clos Marguerite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Clos Marguerite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $27 ★★★★½ For me, sauvignon blanc’s like this absolutely scream their sense of place.  From a mile away you can tell it’s from the Awatere Valley because of the gorgeous elderflower, lemon blossom, peach and lime perfume typical of the region that just romp from the glass.  Delicate herbaceousnesss, […]

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