Marlborough, Tasmania

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.
Apart from being the most southerly wine region in Australia, Tasmania has among the coolest growing subregions with the potential to make distinctly different wines than in the rest of the country.

Most well known for cool-climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (thus sparkling too), Sauvignon Blanc smaller plantings of Riesling, Cabernet and Pinot Gris (more commonly Pinot labelled Pinot Grigio)

Historically, Tasmania can lay claim to being the founder of both the Victorian and South Australian wine industries as William Henty sailed from Launceston to Portland (in Victoria) in 1834 and planted grape cuttings there. Though not conclusively proven, it's believed that John Hack planted vines in South Australia in 1837, closely followed in 1838 by John Reynell.

Warmer vintages (possibly attributable to global warming) has had positive effects on region's industry, allowing grapes in recent vintages to achieve full phenolic ripeness, making for vibrant wines that have been widely accepted as world class.
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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. Josef Chromy 'Pepik' Pinot Noir 2020
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Frogmore Creek Riesling 2019
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. ... Learn More
  7. 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
  8. Frogmore Creek 'Fgr' Riesling 2018
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. Very floral aromas dominated by honeysuckle. The Palate has good balanced sugar, acid with fresh lime flavours. FGR is a wine acronym ... Learn More
  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Frogmore Creek Fumé Blanc 2018
    This Tasmanian delight is a tropical cocktail of flavours. An oaky style, it has sweet aromas of melon, pineapple and lifted herbs followed by candied lemon flavours. It’s well balanced, nutty and light with fantastic acidity and length. Try ... Learn More
  15. Frogmore Creek Fumé Blanc 2017
    This Tasmanian delight is a tropical cocktail of flavours. An oaky style, it has sweet aromas of melon, pineapple and lifted herbs followed by candied lemon flavours. It’s well balanced, nutty and light with fantastic acidity and length. Try ... Learn More
  16. Holm Oak Riesling 2020
    The 2019 Riesling is a fine and delicate wine with lovely aromatics and a minerally/slatey palate. The nose displays aromas of lime leaf and jasmine with some spiced apple characters, whilst the palate shows mineral characteristics with fantastic fruit purity ... Learn More
    Holm Oak Riesling 2020
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  17. 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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  18. 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
  19. Ministry Of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache 2020
    FROM MINISTRY OF CLOUDS: How do you capture the timelessness of San Sebastian’s pinchos bars and their delectable morsels of deliciousness? Our desire to create a wine that embodied this experience but equally at home gracing our tables of ... Learn More
  20. Frogmore Creek Chardonnay 2020
    Fresh and creamy, this delicious Tasmanian Chardonnay has tasty floral and lightly toasted nut aromas all balanced by subtle oak and minerality. It’s lush and creamy with nectarine, peach and citrus flavours and zippy acidity. Cellar it for 2+ years ... Learn More
  21. 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
  22. Spring Vale Freycinet Coast Melrose Chardonnay 2020
    Very crisp and bright. Lovely wine and very refreshing. - Huon Hooke Spring Vale is a small 5th generation family owned vineyard since 1875, located in Cranbrook on Tasmania's stunning Freycinet Coast. Balances pristine fruit with vibrant acidity. The nose on ... Learn More
  23. Ponting Wines 'Pioneer' Chardonnay 2020
    Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high quality wines. Masters of their craft, their partnership has been forged to celebrate their ... Learn More
  24. Stefano Lubiana Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Tasmania’s first and only certified biodynamic vineyard has been cultivating vines using biodynamic methods since 2010. Displays a complex mix of aromas and flavours. Medium straw with green-gold highlights. Attractive floral notes. Ripe almost exotic/tropical fruit aromas with frangipani ... Learn More
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  25. Stefano Lubiana Riesling 2019
    100% estate-grown, single-vineyard, certified biodynamic Riesling from soils that are predominantly silty grey gravelly loam over sandstone with some clay loam patches. The fruit is hand picked, then fruit is sorted by hand on a vibrating table. Tasmania’s ultra cool ... Learn More
  26. Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2021
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
  27. Small island Rose 2021
    Campbell Mattinson: "Brilliant wine. Everything is franked in full. Fantastic fruit intensity, florals in waves, a quartz aspect to both the texture and flavour." The Small Island Patsie's Blush is a micro-batch Rosé made from premium Tasmanian Pinot Noir. The ... Learn More
    Small island Rose 2021
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    Campbell Mattinson
  28. 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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    Huon Hooke
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    James Suckling
  29. Delamere Non Vintage Cuvée N.V.
    Made in the traditional method, each disgorgement spends over two years on lees before release, resulting in a beautiful balance of freshness, creaminess and complexity that you rarely find at this price point. Delamere owners Fran and Shane are deeply ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  30. 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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  31. Ponting Wines 'Mowbray Boy' Pinot Noir 2020
    Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high quality wines. Masters of their craft, their partnership has been forged to celebrate their ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  32. Pressing Matters R69 Riesling 2017
    With a light yellow-green hue, this lovely wine has spice, honey, vanilla nuances adding to its lemon-citrus bouquet. Juicy fruit and subtle sweetness are superbly balanced. It’s delicious now but will blossom given more time. It won two trophies ... Learn More
  33. 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
  34. Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2019
    The previous vintage was awarded WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak ... Learn More
  35. 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
  36. Stefano Lubiana 'Primavera' Pinot Noir 2021
    Fruit sourced from Derwent valley 65% and 35% Huon Valley. The geology is a mix of two terroirs, grey gravelly loams over clay and red loam over gravel. The Vineyard management is Biodynamic in conversion. Wine notes: On the nose the wine ... Learn More
  37. 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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  38. Ministry Of Clouds Derwent Valley Tasmania Chardonnay 2020
    A pure and tightly wound wine showing the muscle and intensity of the low yielding Derwent Valley site, and the fineness and acid line synonymous with the Coal River Valley. A shy and somewhat restraint nose exuding white flowers, peach, ... Learn More
  39. Domaine Simha 'Nature' Pinot Noir 2021
    Pinot noir shaped by terroir and season. Sheer, elemental nature. A story of terroir; five clones from across a single Derwent Valley vineyard make this a complex, aromatic, spicy style. Raspberry, spice, bushland perfume, riberry, musk. Unbridled and fresh with ... Learn More
  40. Corryton Burge 'Cornelian Bay' Pinot Noir 2019
    This wine is a reminder of the special bond between the family and Tasmania. Cool climate Tasmanian Pinot with typical floral and red berry flavours. Sourced from the Coal River Valley region where the cool climate terrior produces classic and ... Learn More
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