Marlborough, California

When most people think of New Zealand wine, the first thing that comes to mind will be Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This one variety more than any other helped springboard New Zealand on to the world-wine scene.

The region is located on the northern end of the south island, nestled around the town of Blenheim, and for many years was a sheep region. It was Montana wines, who in 1973 planted the first vines in the region “too far south to grow good wine.” At the time the region was the southernmost region in the country, but nowadays Central Otago takes south to a whole new level.

Plenty of sunshine hours, relatively low rainfall and cool temperatures provide the perfect conditions for growing world-class Sauvignon Blanc the region is renowned for. Other whites grown include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Sparkling wines. Pinot Noir dominates the red varieties grown, though is typically lighter bodied than Central Otago or Martinborough Pinots.
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  1. Spinning Top Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Spinning Top Wines reflect the simple pleasures that can be derived from nature. Sourcing the wines from three distinctive Marlborough sub regions (Waihopai, Wairau, Awatere) allows Spinning Top to pinpoint exactly the precise characteristics they wish to reflect. Clean, joyful ... Learn More
  2. Kopu Gisbourne Pinot Gris 2021
    Grapes for this wine were grown in the Ngatapa Valley region of Gisborne district where dry-farming practices have been employed for over 75 years. Post-harvest the grapes and juice were processed with care to maximise fruit flavour and intensity. The resulting ... Learn More
  3. Kopu Gisbourne Pinot Gris 2020
    Grapes for this wine were grown in the Ngatapa Valley region of Gisborne district where dry-farming practices have been employed for over 75 years. Post-harvest the grapes and juice were processed with care to maximise fruit flavour and intensity. The resulting ... Learn More
  4. Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    This Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly grown grass given complexity by river-stone and white ... Learn More
  5. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019 375Ml
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
  6. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    Always up there as the finest 2 or 3 Sauvignons in Marlborough every year, Greywacke emphasise ripeness in the vineyard to produce a sophisticated and satisfying style of Sauvignon Blanc. Crafted by former Cloudy Bay founding winemaker Kevin Judd, with able assistance ... Learn More
  7. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018 375Ml
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
  8. Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Considered to be one of New Zealand's finest producers, Astrolabe have built their reputation on consistently producing exceptional wines. One of my favourite Astrolabe wines is the 2019 Astrolabe Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc. It’s quite a ripe example of the ... Learn More
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  9. Te Whare Ra Pinot Gris 2020
    Lifted aromas of nashi pear, raspberry, red apple and white florals. The nose follows through to the palate with the same flavours along with savoury undertones which are balanced by fine, supple texture and lingering minerality. Enjoyable to drink now ... Learn More
  10. Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Shows distinctive Awatere characters of elderflower, guava, white currant, lemongrass and passion fruit coupled with lovely ripe tropicals and hints of basil and lime from Wairau components. The nose follows through to the palate - which is fine and soft ... Learn More
  11. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of pure citrus flavours leaving a lengthy finish with refreshing, balanced acidity. Ideally enjoyed as a young wine, ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  12. Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2020
    Sourced from the Southern Valleys with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. This Pinot Noir went through 100% stainless steel fermentation and was hand plunged. This brought out the perfumed berry fruit as well as increasing the silky mouthfeel of the ... Learn More
  13. Te Whare Ra Single Vineyard 5182 Toru 2021
    Has the aromatic spice and weight of Gewurztraminer, the structure and length of Riesling, and the great texture of Pinot Gris in a perfectly balanced 75%/16%/9% blend. It is a delicious, co-fermented field blend from a single vineyard. This 2021 Toru has ... Learn More
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    Cameron Douglas MS
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  14. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    2021 was one of the best vintages in the Wairau Valley in recent years and this wine truly reflects that. Vibrant, fresh lemon and grapefruit, ripe stone and tropical fruits and a floral element on the nose. Highly aromatic, as is ... Learn More
  15. Corafin 'Meltwater' Marlborough Chardonnay 2019
    A rather hedonistic nose suggests ripe pears, fresh peach and oatmeal while the palate is taught and chalky with nectarine, pear and iodine notes and a driven freshness. Unmistakably Marlborough for its cleansing hit of salty goodness, this is harmonious, ... Learn More
  16. La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2019
    The winery's original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting the standard since 1979. The family-owned and operated winery focuses exclusively on cool-climate appellations. Aromas of baked apple, brioche, and pineapple are followed by flavours of Asian pear, ... Learn More
  17. Greywacke Riesling 2019
    A deliciously succulent and rich Riesling from experts in classic Marlborough varietals. Grown organically near the mouth of Brancott Valley, this vibrant and not strictly dry Riesling was grown on the kind of gravel and clay soils that are usually ... Learn More
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  18. Dog Point 'Section 94' Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Section 94 is one of the world’s most distinct wines, and regularly named New Zealand’s greatest Sauvignon Blanc. Bright straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is firmly concentrated with deep aromas of greengages, nectarines ... Learn More
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    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
  19. Joel Gott Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2018
    The 2018 Joel Gott Limited Release California Barrel-Aged Chardonnay has aromas of ripe pear and apple blossom with notes of honey. On the palate, the wine opens with bright fruit flavors, leading to a round mouthfeel on the mid-palate and crisp ... Learn More
  20. Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The Joel Gott 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackberry and black cherry with notes of clove, vanilla, and brown sugar. The wine opens with dark, concentrated fruit flavors, followed by velvety tannins on the mid-palate and notes of baking spices ... Learn More
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  21. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    Intense and quite weighty sauvignon blanc with passionfruit, lime zest, gooseberry, red and green capsicum and subtle oyster-shell flavours, supported by deliciously tangy acidity that drives a lengthy finish. - Bob Campbell Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
  22. Cloudy Bay Pelorus Sparkling Nv
    Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the first five wine makers to venture into Marlborough. The famed Marlborough producer's sparkling. It's one of the best consistently from over the ditch and has genuine French-like class. Sourcing Non-Vintage sparkling wine ... Learn More
  23. JC's Own Sierra Nevada Foothills Mataro 2017
    It’s JC’s Own but not really his own as it comes from the great guy/great vigneron Matt Rorick and his Rorick Heritage Vineyard in Sierra Nevada Foothills. The exchange program between Barossa and California continues between these ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  24. Dog Point Pinot Noir 2019
    Dog Point Pinot Noir is one of the icons of Marlborough and for good reason. Winemakers Ivan and James first began their journey in the NZ wine game by starting globally-acclaimed winery Cloudy Bay. They are maestro’s at producing ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  25. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
  26. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
  27. Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    A ripe tropical and citrus bouquet, with underlying flinty minerality. In the mouth the wine is textural and rich from the lees aging with layers of minerals, lime, orange blossom and profound acidity balancing this dry, elegant wine. Ageing potential: 5 ... Learn More
  28. La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2019
    The home of La Crema and heart of Sonoma County Wine Country, the Russian River Valley AVA is one of the premier wine growing regions in the world. One unique element of the area is the Pacific Ocean’s maritime ... Learn More
  29. La Crema 'Russian River Valley' Pinot Noir 2019
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Well-structured and ... Learn More
  30. Orin Swift Mannequin California Chardonnay 2018
    The Story I often get asked, what comes first with a wine? Is it the name, the label or the wine itself? It’s different for every wine and for this one, it was the name. I was driving, listening ... Learn More
  31. La Crema Saralee Vineyard Russian River Chardonnay 2017
    On the nose delicate notes of LYCHEE, CITRUS BLOSSOM, and toasted hazelnut followed by flavors of GRAVENSTEIN APPLE, Meyer lemon, and baked pear. On the palate it presents bright acidity and a long-refined finish. - JENNIFER WALSH, WINEMAKER At the ... Learn More
  32. Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel Blend 2015
    Ridge Vineyards is a famed Californian wine producer founded in 1962, and based in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but with vineyards in several parts of the state. Its flagship wine, Monte Bello, is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux blend known for delivering ... Learn More
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  33. Ridge Vineyards Geyserville (50th Vintage) 2015
    Ridge Vineyards is a famed Californian wine producer founded in 1962, and based in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but with vineyards in several parts of the state. Its flagship wine, Monte Bello, is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux blend known for delivering ... Learn More
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    Connoiseurs’ Guide to California Wine
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  34. Retro Cellars Elevation Petite Sirah 2012
    While being a classic, bold Howell Mountain wine, the wine also shows an elegance unusual for the varietal. Dense inky purple and blue in color. Aromas of coco, cumin, mulberry and baking spices mingle with wild berry compote. Full and ... Learn More
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  35. Retro Cellars Elevation Petite Sirah 2010
    Producing an exceptional, dry style of Petite Sirah. This is one of the top examples we have ever come across. ... Learn More
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  36. La Crema Sealift Pinot Noir 2017
    The winery's original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting the standard since 1979. The family-owned and operated winery focuses exclusively on cool-climate appellations. The 2017 Sealift Vineyard Pinot Noir is crafted from the same vines used in the ... Learn More
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  37. Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel  2015
    Ridge Vineyards is a famed Californian wine producer founded in 1962, and based in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but with vineyards in several parts of the state. Its flagship wine, Monte Bello, is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux blend known for delivering ... Learn More
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  38. La Crema Fog Veil Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    The grapes were sourced from our vineyards situated in the Santa Rosa Plain neighborhood of the Russian River Valley AVA. This neighborhood is slightly warmer than the westerly areas of the Russian River Valley. Daily summer fog moderates the summer ... Learn More
  39. Peay Ama Pinot Noir 2017
    A brilliant wine, Peay's 2017 Pinot Noir Estate Ama offers an explosion of sweet red/purplish berry fruit, floral notes and spice, all with a hint of blood orange-infused acidity that gives the wine vibrancy. The 2017 Ama is wonderfully bold and ... Learn More
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  40. Peay Pomarium Pinot Noir 2017
    One of the real surprises in this tasting, the 2017 Pinot Noir Estate Pomarium has really blossomed over the last year. The Ama possesses quite a bit more tannin and structure than the Ama, along with a darker flavor profile that ... Learn More
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