Spy Valley 2013 Single Vineyard Specialty Wines

06-Nov-2013
The Spy Valley range of wines comes from over 160 ha of estate vineyards in the Waihopi, Omaka and Lower Wairau areas. With such a large resource, it is inevitable that some parcels of fruit stand out for their individuality. In the excellent 2013 vintage, two such parcels appeared too exciting for viticulturist Adam McCone and winemakers Paul Bourgeois and Kathy-Lee Sowman to blend away, and these have been bottled as ‘Single Vineyard’ wines. One is a Sauvignon Blanc from the eastern end of Rapaura Road from the company’s ‘Area H171’ plantings, which benefits from an ocean influence more so than the Waihopai vines. The fruit is some of the ripest ever picked at Spy Valley. The other is a Riesling from the 6 rows of the ‘G Block’ at the ‘Johnson Estate’ vineyard at in Waihopai. Due to flooding of the Omaka River, the vines were unable to be accessed to be sprayed, so for all intents and purposes "became organic”. The two wines are available directly from Spy Valley at the cellar door and on-line, with the Sauvignon Blanc available at selected retail outlets. www.spyvalleywine.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Spy Valley ‘Single Vineyard’ ‘Area H’ Lower Waiau Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Spy Valley ‘Single Vineyard’ ‘Free Range’ Waihopai Marlborough Riesling 2013

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