Auntsfield Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases

15-Oct-2014
The Cowley family have owned the Southern Hills property at the end of Paynters Road where the Auntsfield vineyards are since 1998. In establishing their winegrowing venture Graeme and Linda Cowley discovered that it was the site of Marlborough’s first vineyard, planted in 1873, and David Herd’s historical cellar. Their sons viticulturist Ben Cowley and Luc the winemaker share the sense of tradition and the guardianship of the land in growing and crafting the Auntsfield wines today. The 100 ha of vines are planted on diverse soils and aspects that have given them the raw materials and a multitude of blending options for wines of layers of flavour and complexing detail. In a relatively short time, the Auntsfield wines have become recognised for their strong character and structure, reflecting a robust house style and the Southern Hills sub-region of Marlborough. Here, I review a selection of barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines currently available or about to be released. They include the ‘Single Block’ reserve-style bottlings as well as the flagship ‘Heritage’ Pinot Noir which includes a tiny portion of David Herd’s wine from the 1905 vintage. www.auntsfield.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Auntsfield ‘South Oaks’ ‘Barrel Fermented’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Auntsfield ‘South Oaks’ ‘Barrel Fermented’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2012
  • Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
  • Auntsfield ‘Road Ridge’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
  • Auntsfield ‘Hawk Hill’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
  • Auntsfield ‘Heritage’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

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