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What People are Saying

What people are saying about Blind River...

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We also have enthusiastic followers around the world who have kindly taken the time to put pen to paper to tell us why they enjoy our wines.  We’d like to introduce them to you...


Blind River Sauvignon Blanc


“A terrific examples of Marlborough Savvy with all the classic hallmarks: Gooseberry, passio fruit aromas and bracing, tangy fruit flavour.”

Gourmet Traveller Wine

“One of the most delicious New Zealand Sauvignons I’ve tasted recently.” 

The Weekend Australian

“Bang on the money, this is a model Sauvignon Blanc.”

The Independent

“Everything we have come to love from this label, with an extra sprinkle of magic, perfumed fairly dust, giving it more lift and perfume that ever.” 

Taste Food & Wine

“Blind River’s zingy tropical fruit and gooseberry-laden palate is a star.”

The Times

“A controlled time bomb of impeccable citrus fruit. I adore this wine.”

The Daily Mail

“A real humdinger that’s as drippingly juicy as a ripe peach with the insistence of passion fruit and an unusual depth.”

The Guardian

“This packs a bigger flavour punch than most.”

Australian Gourmet Traveller


Blind River Pinot Noi


“This is a sensational Pinot.”

Good Living

“Worth every penny.” 

Daily Express

“This is a serious drop from Marlborough in New Zealand. With all the best treatment, cold soaks and wild yeasts, it tastes like it. Intense yet supple, hints of violets and freshly cut rhubarb combine with black cherries and kiwi boot polish. It all makes for intriguing glass-swishing.”

Sydney Morning Herald

“A beautifully crafted kiwi Pinot Noir rich in scented clove, spice and loganberry on the nose, with a beguiling sweet palate whose liquid mulberry fruitiness is satin-silk in texture.” 

The Independent

“Elegant and restrained.”

The Observer

“This carefully crafted Pinot clearly has Burgundy within its sights.”

The Times

“An impressive Pinot of real poise. There’s more to it than just fruit: there’s richness and depth too. A brilliant effort.”


“Gorgeous, silky, sandalwood and spice.”

Times Magazine


As well as receiving great reviews from wine writers, Blind River has enthusiastic followers around the world who have kindly taken the time to tell us why they enjoy our wines.  


“Your wines were the standout for me at the recent Vintage Cellars International Wine Fair.  I head a small group of 'winos' who meet monthly and I have been raving about Blind River to the group.”

Paul Brettell, Australia

“On the basis that love should be spread... I totally LOVE your Blind River Sauvignon Blanc.  What a gorgeous wine that hits you in the face with gooseberry and then kisses the senses in lapping waves of passion fruit and citrus. Bloody brilliant!  I am a very happy person with a glass of this in my hand.” 

Mary Harper, Scotland

“I am just writing a quick note to say thank you for making such fantastic wines.  You make my life so easy as whenever I recommend your wines the customer always comes back and asks for more.  Personally the 2008 is the best sauvignon I have ever tasted and the pinot is up there with the top Burgundy.  So thank you and keep up the good work.”

Daniel Gadsby, UK

“I LOVE your wine!  I live in the UK but am home in NZ in 2 weeks and HAVE to have a supply for when I get there.  My trip home would not be complete without it!  The UK seems to have sold out – everyone who tries it LOVES it!” 

Amanda Jones-Prichard, UK

“If anyone in the Loire gets hold of a bottle of Blind River they might just realize they’re better off growing turnips than grapes given the growing disparity in quality, value and reliability between Sancerre and Marlborough.  And of the Kiwis, I think Blind River is the best, ahead of Cloudy Bay, Wither Hills and Villa Maria – an astonishingly good wine.”

Paul Oaks, Liverpool

“Your wine is superb and I need more of it!”

Jeremy Lewis, UK

“On a recent trip to the UK we discovered your Sauvignon Blanc and drank it as often as we could.  It’s fabulous!  Do you have an agent in Ontario, Canada from whom I could buy a case?  If not, is there anyone in New York state in the USA?  It’s a quick trip for us and would be well worth it.”

Cathy MacDonald, Canada

“The second bottle was shared with very good friends down in Queenstown last week. That proved your Pinot was superior to anything from Central Otago!”

Paul Haywood, New Zealand