Marlborough White Wines, New Zealand

The wine cellars in New Zealand is home to the white wines that are receiving high billing as they emerge as worthy competitors against some of the stalwarts of the international wine industry.

Marlborough takes centre stage and has earned the title of Sauvignon Blanc capital.

About 80% to 90% of New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc grapes are planted in Marlborough in the Blenheim, Renwick, Cloudy Bay, and Seddon regions. Millions of bottles have been sold worldwide since the 1980’s.

 

Vineyards of Marlborough (Saint Clair)
Vineyards of Marlborough (Saint Clair)

 

New Zealand is a newcomer to the wine world in that its wines started gaining acknowledgement in the 1980’s. Indeed, it was the Sauvignon Blanc grapes that sealed this recognition and further appreciation throughout the years.

As Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blanc wines emerged in the 1980’s; they were appreciated for their boldness and pungency. Over the years, the wines have evolved into more calmer and safer tastes to the chagrin of some enthusiasts and the appreciation of others. However, the Villa Maria and St. Clair Estates are still being credited for producing the classic taste.

Marlborough is also famous for its pinot noirs, chardonnays, and Rieslings. The top and well appreciated pinot noir producers in Marlborough include Nautilus, Dog Point, Brancott Estate, and Saint Clair Estate.

Most of Marlborough’s white wines are available worldwide with the exception of a few which includes some black-label releases. The majority of Marlborough’s white wines cost under AUD$30 per bottle with some great specials to be found. Some popular Marlborough favourites include Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc, and Villa Maria Chardonnay.

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