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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Wither Hills Vineyards

    Wither Hills vineyard has a significant 300 hectares of superb viticultural land nestled in the h...

  • Foxes Island Wines Ltd

    Foxes Island Wines are named after the site at which they are made. In earlier times this "island...

  • Dog Point Vineyards

    Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable wine-growing experience of Ivan and Margaret Sutherl...

  • Framingham Wine Company Limited

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

  • Mud House Wines

    Mud House is a winery specializing in growing and crafting cool-climate pinot noir and sauvignon ...

  • Allan Scott Family Winemakers

    Allan Scott Wines & Estates Ltd is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery group. The c...

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  • Brancott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Brancott Estate 2014


    Grassy and herbal immediately in the nose, this also has a touch of petrol and ... characterful and classic for Marlborough, easy to drink and enjoyable.89 p Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2013


    Final, finally in the White Flight.Served too warm to enjoy, but then I don't care much for Sauvignon Blanc anyway. Typical 'green', citrus, and tropical fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley 2010


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Sunday Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2007


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Fire Road Pinot Noir 2013


    Fire Road Pinot Noir Marlborough 201313.5% Alc Toast, heat and unripe cherry aromas open for this on the nose. There's a bit of an herbal green leaf quality on the nose as well. Medium-light in body, with unripe cherry, raspberry, and cranberry. Good acidity lifts the palate but the tannins are not as in balance as they could be. There's a sligh... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Okiwa Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014


    Great Value from NZ not too grassy and great fruit on the nose and follow thru on the palate. this more tropical fruits than grapefruit on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by vino vino1

  • Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014


    Melon on the nose. Fruity in the palate with balancing acidity and a slightly bitter finish, Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014


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    Wine review by Vintage GB

  • Fault Line Pinot Noir 2013


    Light and dusty aromas have a hint of rose petal and some cherry blossom with notes of blueberry. Packs a load of acidity in the mouth, quite tart with mostly red fruit flavors of black cherry and ripe raspberry. Finishes with a wash of tar and toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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