Grape Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Jules Taylor

Jules Taylor is at the top of her game when you talk about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Selecting unique sites which expressive a multitude of subtle layers and lifted varietal characters. When you know your sites and know what to look for in the vineyard, within each row and even within the individual bunches - this varietal in the right hands and with respectful winemaking can express an incredible diversity of flavour.

 

For those who know me well - it is no secret that my stomach and ocean waves do not get along. So taking the short ferry journey across to Waiheke Island - just 35 minutes from downtown Auckland - might not sound like much, but I rarely make it across feeling my best. But once on the island - this place is something special. Not just for tourism, which due to the internet and international travelers, the world has found in large numbers.
There are vineyard sites, like the one found by Steve White is the early 1980’s that are a gift to wine grapes and to winemakers willing to put in the effort and listen to each varietal row. Then to be daring and have enough confidence to craft a wine which will be greater than the sum of its parts. Which gives pleasure to wine enthusiasts the world over lucky enough to share a glass with people they care about.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Riesling
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Matt Patterson-Green

The Riesling fruit for this botrytis style dessert wine was sourced solely from the original homestead site, settled in 1855 on Jacksons Road in the heart of Marlborough. This site has been sustainably farmed by the Jackson family for five generations. This unique and special sweet wine is only made when the natural elements combine to produce both the conditions and the ideal fruit to make this wonderful style of wine.

 

Grape Varietal: 30% Corvina, 30% Croatina, 30% Merlot & 10% Cabernet
Growing Region: Valpantena (Valpolicella), Veneto - Italy
Chief Winemaker: Giovanni Nordera

The Pasqua family have again found a good balance between crafting wines which respect their Italian winemaking traditions and producing a range of early drinking wines for the international market and diverse pairing experiences. The name ‘Morago’ refers to a small village in the Valpolicella wine area and it also refers to the word ‘Mora’ which in Italian means ‘blackberry’, the typical berry aromas and flavours found in this wine.