Marlborough Wine

 

While wines from Marlborough, in New Zealand’s South Island, have only come into prominence recently, there is actually a wine-making history in that region that dates back to the 1870s. Meadowbank Farm Manager David Herd planted Muscatel in a parcel of land in the Fairhall/Brancott area that became very well regarded. Though he died in 1905, his vineyard continued to produce until the 1930s. A few other small wineries also began to crop up during the late 1800s into the early part of the 20th century.
 
But it wasn't until 1973, when Frank Yukich of Auckland’s Montana Wines selected Marlborough for its expansion efforts. He saw the potential of this region, with sunny days and cool nights that ensure a long growing season and well balanced grapes. The success of his endeavors prompted other wineries to follow, many of them international enterprises. One of the most notable of these is Australia’s Cape Mentelle, who established the widely successful Cloudy Bay Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Marlborough

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  • Konrad & Conrad

    Konrad Wines is fully owned by the Hengstler family, Konrad, Sigrun and their two sons, Conrad an...

  • Coopers Creek

    “One of the most complete and interesting visit and tastings I made while in New Zealand was to t...

  • Highfield Estate

    Highfield is a boutique Marlborough winery making ultra premium, food friendly wines for restaura...

  • Te Whare Ra Wines Ltd

    Oldest boutique winery in Marlborough, Est. 1979. The name which is pronounced "tea far-ee ra" t...

  • Framingham Wine Company Limited

    Framingham Wines Limited derives its name from the village of Framingham, located in Southern Nor...

  • Kim Crawford Wines

    One of the reasons why New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs have taken the world by storm. Delightful ...

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • Discovery Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Cool and herbal aromas of lemongrass, sweet basil and fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit. Tart fruit showing on entry, mostly grapefruit and lemon with some melon flavors coming through on the mid palate where a soft acidity creates a creamy texture through to a tight finish of light herb. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    Light bodied with grapefruit, tropical notes, a dash of minerality and a whole bunch of acidity. Drink now - 84 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by trohk


  • Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Binny's 6/2017. Mary loved it and I was very close to saying the same. NZ, just does not export crap. Other countries can learn from their system. California, gets a pass, although they could secede from the Union and would then have to compete with a better value product at the low end of the price scale. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

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    Binny's 6/2017. I found this bottle in the wine rack and it was 1/3 gone. Did I put it in there that way? It has a screw top so I wasn't sure, it opened a little to easily so I must have had a glass or two and put it back. No leakage around the wine rack. Bizarre. Anyway, we finished in South Haven on the beach, and like most NZ wines the value ... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    Herbal lemongrass and green pepper aromas with fresh citrus notes that are quite aromatic. Fresh and lively on the palate, this is emblematic of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - herbal, citrusy and expressive with warm fruit and zesty acidity, finishing clean and light with lengthy grassy notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nice Zinfandel EM.  I haven't tried that one yet.We drove over to ... ... to ... Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand, and a Sancerre from the Loire Valley in France) with the crab and a prosecco with the oysters.  I think Sandra had a Sauvignon Blanc but I'm not sure now.   The meal was quite tasty and they even threw in a free espre... Read More

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  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Delightful peach and ripe green apple aromas with jalapeño and fresh herbs on the nose. This is tart, zesty and refreshing with a bowlful of acidity, juicy lime, grapefruit and golden berry and a wooded, herbal barky note towards the finish that ends on lime zest and pineapple. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    Loads of grapefruit and lemongrass with petrol, melon, minerality and acidity give a fruity, juicy finish. Satisfying - drink now - 86 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Where can I buy Oyster Bay Sauvignon blanc in Indianapolis?

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  • Just spent 7 days in marlborough for the 2010 wine festival and a bit of winery touring. It was absolutely wonderful...if you can ever get there...go!

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