Posts in the Category: Marlborough

10 things I learned in New Zealand

Six years, one month and 13 days after landing in New Zealand, I said goodbye to the wonderful warmth of Auckland in January; afternoons spent on the beach digging sandcastles swapped for muddy puddles and early morning windscreen scraping in North Yorkshire.

My Kiwi husband is delighted.

We’ve moved back to be closer to my family …

Posted in - Marlborough & New Zealand & Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc & trends on February 18th 2016 0 Comments

Wines of the year 2015: 5 Sauvignons to get your mitts on

With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time to reflect on a year’s drinking.

Thankfully, I’ve enjoyed a lot of bloody good wine this year thanks to three cracking vintages on the trot: the growing conditions in 2013, 2014 and 2015 made it much easier to make good – and great – wine in New Zealand; …

Posted in - Blog Posts & Marlborough & New Zealand & Sauvignon Blanc on December 17th 2015 0 Comments

Marlborough Pinot Noir: Ready for Sub-Regionality?

We’re all talking about the Southern Valleys when it comes to Marlborough’s finest Pinot Noir, and the quality of the wines seems to suggest that that the clay component in this sub-region’s soils helps to produce the best Pinots in the region.
But before you start saying Southern Valleys good, the rest of Marlborough not-so-good, you …

Posted in - Blog Posts & Marlborough & Pinot Noir on May 7th 2015 0 Comments

My first 2014 Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc

Wine has become New Zealand’s eighth largest export earner, growing in value by NZ$1 billion over the past 10 years and volumes are expected to rise 30 million litres to 220m litres next year, according to a report from the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries.

You won’t be surprised to hear that Sauvignon Blanc dominates exports …

Posted in - Blog Posts & Marlborough & New Zealand & Sauvignon Blanc & wine on June 26th 2014 0 Comments

Marlborough’s Seresin Turns to Syrah

Oz Clarke was quoted in Marlborough’s local rag last year, telling growers to plant Syrah. Whether that was quite what he meant or his words were slightly misconstrued is up for debate but his advice is being heeded.

Biodynamic grower Seresin is getting in on the act – although I’m sure an article in …

Posted in - Marlborough & New Zealand & Oz Clarke & Syrah on January 15th 2014 0 Comments