Bladen 2013 Marlborough Whites

05-Sep-2013
Christine and Dave Macdonald of Bladen Wines are among the earliest grape growers in Marlborough. They "left their city lives behind to realise their dream of establishing a vineyard and winery”, settling in Marlborough in 1989 planting Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and a little Merlot and Malbec in Conders Bend Road, Renwick. From that site, the Macdonalds have 8 ha of vines and their cellar door. They supplement their fruit with grapes from close friends. Gewurztraminer is sourced from Keven and Kerry Tilly’s 0.6 ha vineyard on Paynters Road in the Fairhall district, and Sauvignon Blanc from Nick and Lauren Hunter’s 1.2 ha vineyard on Alma Street, Renwick, the latter fruit adding a different dimension in the wine to their own grapes. The wines are made by Sam Smail, Diana Katardzhieva and Rowan Langdon, the very experienced team at Whitehaven. The name ‘Bladen’ is a contraction of the Macdonald’s children’s names Blair and Deni. Here I review the Bladen 2013 vintage white wine releases. www.bladen.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Bladen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Bladen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
  • Bladen Marlborough Riesling 2013
  • Bladen Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2013

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