The Marlborough region of South Island has the ideal climate for growing grapes, with dry, sunny conditions for most of the year. Cultivating grapes and wine making are popular and lucrative in this northeastern area of the island.
Akarua Pinot Noir
Akarua Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes picked from the Felton Road and Cairnmuir vineyards in Bannockburn. This sub-region of Central Otago has an ideal climate for growing grapes. With fertile glacial soil situated on a warm north-facing slopes, the grapes have perfect ripening conditions. Akarua Pinot Noir 2017 vintage has an aroma of sweet spice and dark fruit, with earthy tones.
Oyster Bay Pinot Gris
Oyster Bay Pinot Gris is produced from grapes grown on elevated, terraced slopes. The copper tinged fruit creates a wine with an aroma of nectarine and pear. Also, a sweet, sugary taste balances out acidity.
Nautilus Cuvee Brut
Nautilus Cuvee Brut is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir, and 30% Chardonnay. The grapes are sourced from three different vineyards in the area, and base wines are fermented using champagne yeast. Though paler in colour than a traditional Pinot Noir, it has richness with a fruity aroma.
Hunter’s Miru Miru is another paler coloured blend created from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. It’s a fizzy wine with a fruity apple and lemon aroma.
Ataahua Pinot Noir
Ataahua Pinot Noir is produced from vineyards in the Waipara region of North Canterbury. The 2015 vintage produced a wine with an aroma of red fruits and earthy tones. The grapes were destemmed before fermentation and matured in French oak barrels.
Black Estate Pinot Noir
Black Estate has three organic vineyards in Waipara Valley, and uses biodynamic methods in handcrafted wines. All ferments are made with native yeast, and no additives are used. The 2012 Pinot Noir vintage has a rich, sweet taste, with an aroma of sweet black cherries, and a hint of stewed plums.