Tasty and fruitful Marlborough wines
Delicious Marlborough wines hail from New Zealand's premier vineyards in the beautiful rolling hills to the north of South Island. The region is renowned globally for its wineries, with its unique terroir overlooking the Pacific Ocean producing an exquisite array of grape varietals, ideal for creating a diverse range of wines.Marlborough white wines
Perhaps the most famous Marlborough wine is the Sauvignon Blanc. Its crisp, elegant finish is perfect on a hot summers day, especially paired with a seafood lunch. Yealands estate right on the coast produces some of the best using sustainable and eco-friendly wine-making methods. See if you can pick out the seaside flavours of crushed oyster shell alongside the fruity guava notes.
Marlborough Chardonnays are another popular white wine, with slightly sweeter honey tones than the dry Sauvignon Blancs. The almost creamy golden Chardonnay from the Nautilus Estate in the heart of the Wairau Valley is a good pick.
Marlborough's lively sparkling wines, aromatic Rieslings and refreshing Pinot Gris' are all well worth a try.Marlborough red wines
The Marlborough wine region also produces some outstanding reds, ideal for chilly winter nights and romantic dates. Pinot Noir grapes grow particularly well here, so you'll find some fantastic bottles to sample. If a Cab Sav is more your bag, try the Cabernet Sauvignon from the winemakers at Blenheim for its blueberry and bay leaf notes.
For something a little bit different, the unique Cloudy Bay Pelorus combines the fruitiness of a Chardonnay with the intense flavours of a Pinot Noir.
But that's just a start, who knows how many other beauts you can sample. And remember, you can often grab a bargain when you buy a case of wine at a time. Perfect for a gift, pair with a stunning set of wine glasses and toast with your loved ones to a cracking birthday or anniversary.