Charles Wiffen Marlborough 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Merlot

21-Nov-2014
The Charles Wiffen wines from the Lower Wairau and Southern Valleys districts of Marlborough have proven to be very successful across the full range with the consumer market as well as in wine shows. This is a reflection of the strong viticultural work of Melissa Sutherland and Jason Tripe, the care in initial crushing by Bec Wiffen, and the skilful winemaking at West Brook by Anthony Ivicevich and James Rowan. Particularly noteworthy are the aromatic varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, along with Chardonnay, which continue a strong track record of sales and awards. Surprisingly, the Sauvignon Blanc has been the ‘poor country cousin’ partly due to the plethora of offerings from the region, but also because of the more restrained, textural style emanating from the Southern Valleys. The Wiffen team have put considerable effort into the variety to make it stand out. The 2014 release is a further step in that direction with more fruit clarity and acid zestiness. The Merlot is the ‘unsung hero’ of the range, showing that the Bordeaux variety can flourish in Marlborough. A lot of viticultural dedication is required, but the rarity of a Marlborough Merlot makes it very desirable in the marketplace. There is no 2014 to follow this 2013 release. www.charleswiffenwines.co.nz

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  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Merlot 2013

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