Marlborough has also established a great reputation for its Chardonnays with continually fine new examples appearing on stage.
There is no wine anywhere in the world that tastes like the wine of Marlborough. Balance, purity and intense flavour set around impressive aroma, distinctive fruit and appealing balanced acidity is unrivalled.
This Chardonnay has a great pedigree: the grapes are organically grown and sourced from the world renowned and revered Clayvin Vineyard owned by the Gisen Family, one of the oldest New Zealand wine producers, making wine since 1981 and awarded Winery of the Year in 2018.
Established in 1991, Clayvin Vineyard is a north facing hillside vineyard, the vineyard planting is high density. This density creates natural competition among the vines, reducing vigour, promoting root structure and intensity of flavour. It also means that the vineyard only produces ‘one bottle of Clayvin Chardonnay per vine’. Definitely worth savouring!
Where does the name Fuder come from? Fuders are a 1000 litre German Oak barrel in which the wine is fermented and aged. The use of these particular barrels ensures the wine develops a greater complexity and refinement because oak doesn’t dominate giving greater depth and complexity.
This is an intense, rich and complex Chardonnay offering ripe peaches, honey and cashews with brioche nuance. It encompasses both savoury and mineral flavours. On the palate it has a satiny texture which is complemented by a lively acid backbone, and finishing with lingering honey notes.
“A very complex and well-executed style that has everything from crushed violets to cherries, blueberries, tar, Christmas spice, earthy notes, plums, sappy nuances and more. The palate has a sleek, succulent feel with very plush, smooth tannins, drawing the fruit effortlessly deep. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” - James Suckling 95/100 Points
“This is a very strong follow-up to the inaugural 2015 release. Aromas of bright red cherries carry bright, spicy and lightly earthy nuances on the nose. Flavors of fresh red and black cherries are swathed in gently creamy baking-spice complexity. The tannins run smooth, fine and even. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling 96/100 Points.
“Beautifully expressive and refined with sleek black cherry and blackberry fruit. It’s rich and seductive but also has freshness and detail. Great structure and harmony too. There’s some black fruit richness but also lovely red fruit crunch. Such a textural wine with real interest and detail, with opulence but also some seriousness.”
— JAMIE GOODE – UK
“An intriguing almost sensual bouquet of Chardonnay. Aromas of red apple and sweet peach tea, lees spices and white flowers, flint and chalk-like minerality, and a light dusting of fragrant baking spices.
Very sophisticated and quite pure on the palate - dry, complex, even and lengthy. A precise palate weight with a youthful acid line, extremely fine wood tannins and fine lees texture.
Flavours of white and yellow orchard fruits, wood spices, and fine stone minerality.
A delicious example, modern, youthful, complex and intriguing. Lots to like. Drink now through 2026”
95 Points — Cameron Douglas— NZ
Stunning soft and aromatic Pinot Gris, beautifully perfumed with essence of ripe pear, Turkish delight and a touch of honey suckle. Even though it is very well priced, you could serve it alongside a $25 Pinot Gris and it will compare very favourably.
This is the “Foundation” release of Saint Clair’s Sauvignon Blanc which along side the rest of their releases is showing to be some excellent single vineyard Sauvignon. Pale straw in colour, this Sauvignon displays powerful and intense aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant, hints of grapefruit and an underlying mineral note. This is an intense Sauvignon Blanc with a powerful spectrum and an underlying mineral tone. The palate is intensely concentrated and full with a long, lingering finish. Ideal with some fresh salmon or scallops alongside a lovely summer salad. Drink now or cellar for 2 years.
Another exceptional offering for this very much underrated producer, it came to us by accident trying some top New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and this just happened to come out on top. Fruity, flinty and aromatic, a barrage of gooseberry and lychee but dry with a lengthy middle palate, succulence and balance, what really good old fashioned Sauvignon Blanc used to be and the main thing really, all for $13.95. An absolute bargain!
The brand new vintage of this lovely and excellent value Sav/Blanc, when it came to the crunch and the all important value for money it delivers hands down. Not just your usual grassy, semi-sweet run of the mill Sav/Blanc but a wine that truly captures the essence of Marlborough, lovely acidity, pungent with beautiful middle palate and concentration, very clean and generous also full body, classic Marlborough really. At $16.95 per bottle it is hard to pass considering the quality of many commercial ones on the same price bracket.
“A strong red-cherry nose with a deep sense of complexity that is, for now, tightly buried in this young pinot. There is plenty of spice and earthy sous bois to come with some more time. The pedigree is instantly seen on the palate with an enthralling interplay of power and elegance. Long, fresh and pure cherries and red plums fold through layers of fine tannins.” - James Suckling 96/100 Points.
It's good to see that finally Pinot Noir winemakers in this country are waking up to the fact that not everybody wishes to spend $40-$50 to get a decent Pinot Noir. We were quite taken back by the quality of this wine, frankly we thought it would be between $40-$50 until we knew the price. It is a soft savoury and plumy Pinot Noir, in other words what Pinot Noir should be like. The 2018 vintage even though it was a good one, is ready for drinking now. Lovely cherry and soft plumy flavours, slightly savoury, well balanced oak and wonderful forrest floor characters. Having tried this alongside other Pinot Noirs at $30 let me tell you, it delivers! All of this at the price of $19.95.
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