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Olde Mill House B&B & Cycle Hire
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The wine styles of Marlborough
While Marlborough is most certainly most famous for its
Sauvignon Blanc, there are plenty of other varietals and
styles which should not be overlooked.
Methode Traditionelle (sparkling) wines often punch
well above their weight with some rivaling many top
French Champagnes – at a fraction of the price. Crisp
and elegant, they are, at one end, fresh and vivacious
(those produced from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and
blends of both), while the traditional Champagne varieties
(Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) have often
spent extended time on yeast lees, exhibiting complex,
bready characteristics and make excellent aperitifs as well
as going well with the many food options Marlborough
has. Try with fish and seafood (especially shellfish), cheese
and mild citrus flavored food.
Marlborough also excels at producing top quality
aromatics, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris are
produced in abundance and go well with the many Asian
cuisines on offer, covering a broad spectrum from dry to
sweet and even lower alcohol styles, all offering lushness
and fragrance. Don’t overlook the up and coming
varieties of Viognier, Arneis, Verdelho and Grüner Veltliner
if you can find them.
Sauvignon Blanc is, of course, world famous and
Marlborough is home to 80% of New Zealand’s plantings
of this unique grape. Look for intense flavours of green
capsicum, gooseberry and passionfruit, as well as freshly
cut grass and citrus notes. While most Sauvignon Blanc is
fermented in stainless steel tanks, there are also a growing
number of oak influenced styles being produced and
recognized, showing added complexity
5% of Marlborough’s vineyards are planted in
Chardonnay, but this accounts for 28% of New Zealand’s
total Chardonnay, making it an important varietal for this
region (in both still and sparkling wines). Marlborough
Chardonnays are a balance between elegance and
concentration, with stone fruit and citrus flavours and most
having added complexity from barrel fermentation and
aging. Drink them now or cellar for further rewarding and
serve with seafood, poultry or pasta.
Marlborough’s Pinot Noir accounts for 41% of New
Zealand’s plantings – making it, arguably, the most important
region for this varietal in NZ. Pinot Noir is always a good
introduction to red wines – it has very soft, subtle tannins,
cherry and plum flavours with a hint of savoury herbs, spices
and game characteristics. Serve it with pork, game or light red
meats, as well as pasta and vegetarian meals.
If a heavier style of red is more what you’re after,
there are a few wineries that produce very good Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot (or blends of both) and Syrah as well
as the lesser-known varieties. The Cabernets will be rich
and well-structured with aromas of berries, plums and
chocolate as well as a hint of spice. Aromatic and spicy, the
region’s Syrahs exhibit aromas of violets, plum and black
pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. These reds can be
cellared long term and are best drunk with pasta, game
meats, lamb or beef and are also excellent with rich cheese
to finish a meal.
Finally, there are plenty of dessert style wines on offer
in Marlborough – produced from many of the above
mentioned varieties and made in varying styles. If you have
a sweet tooth you are bound to satisfy it with one of the
regions late harvest or botrytised wines. N
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