Mt. Difficulty Pinot Gris
Recently rated 5 Stars in Decanter, this aromatic Pinot Gris grows really well in the cool climatic conditions and produces a dry white with stone fruit aromas of peach and nectarine on the nose. The front palate displays vibrant, juicy flavours of stone fruits and ripe red apples, whilst the mid palate is full, creamy and well textured followed by a lingering, rich yet clean grapefruit driven finish.
Tinpot Hut, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
This stylish, rich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc reveals classic aromas of freshly cut thyme and lemongrass combined with tropical notes. On the palate, the ripe fruit and mineral character from the grapes grown in the Blind River sub-region of Marlborough mingle with more tropical notes of passion fruit and melon from the Wairau Valley vineyards. The vibrant aromatics and a fine balance of acidity lead to a lingering finish.
Tinpot Hut wines are made primarily from fruit grown on winemaker Fiona Turner's vineyard in Blind River. Fiona, who has worked with Matt Thomson for a number of years, supplements her own grapes with fruit from other growers in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The tinpot hut that gave its name to Fiona's wines is an old mustering hut in the remote hills between the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The huts were used as a base for musterers as they rounded up the sheep that had been in the hills from spring to autumn. The name links Marlborough's past as a sheep farming centre with its current state as one of the world's most dynamic wine regions.
Framingham, Marlborough Pinot Gris
This wine has mellow aromatics of pear, apple, quince, dough and cream, with a touch of wood smoke. On the palate, it has generous flavours of stonefruit and custard with a balanced acidity.
Fruit was selected from the Wairau Valley from the Framingham estate vineyard and the King & Dry Hills estate vineyard which are Framingham managed. Soils are of the old river bed type; fist sized stones composed of greywacke (a hard, dark type of sandstone streaked with quartz and feldspar) mixed alluvial gravel and silt.
The Framingham label was launched in 1994 with one Riesling, and has since expanded to include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Framingham produces wines from their 19.5 hectare estate vineyard (certified organic since 2014) and other selected sites. Their Riesling vines, planted in 1981, are among the oldest in Marlborough. Andrew Brown joined Framingham as head winemaker in January 2020, replacing Dr Andrew Hedley, who resigned from his role after 18 years at the helm. A highly regarded winemaker, Brown previously spent seven years at Framingham as assistant winemaker and understudy to Andrew Hedley before working as consultant in regions including Oregon, Central Otago and Alsace. One of Brown's Rieslings won the Champion Riesling Trophy at the New Zealand International Wine Show in 2019; a fitting accolade from someone taking the reins at Framingham, who have always been renowned for their Rieslings.
Kim Crawford, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
This Sauvignon Blanc has tropical aromas of passion fruit and guava, along with lifted notes of citrus and crushed herbs and an underlying wet stone minerality. The wine has vibrant acidity, with plenty of palate weight and length on the palate. Ripe, tropical fruit flavours of passion fruit, melon and grapefruit linger on the persistent finish.
Grapes are specially selected from valley and hillside vineyards in Marlborough’s neighbouring Wairau and Awatere valleys, for their specific tomato leaf, grapefruit, nettle and white peach flavours.
Kim Crawford Wines was established in late 1996, when Kim launched a range made from fruit grown in the South Island. Kim sold the company to Constellation in 2005 and has since handed the winemaking reins over to the Constellation winemaking team. Despite Kim no longer being involved with these wines, the current winemakers continue the classic Kim Crawford philosophy and style. Control over grape supply has always been essential for Kim Crawford Wines and they now have the largest vineyard resource in Marlborough of any wine company, across the greatest breadth of sub-regions, ensuring consistent quality and style. For that consistency, and success over the past 20 years, Wine Enthusiast magazine USA recognised Kim Crawford as their “New World Winery of the Year 2016”.