Spy Valley – Tackling the Tough Stuff

14-Jan-2013

Spy Valley is one of the very successful wine producers in Marlborough, making first-class Sauvignon Blanc, aromatic whites and Pinot Noir. The ‘Envoy' range takes these types of wines to another level with their greater concentration, interest and character (click here to see my reviews of the latest Envoy wines). However, Spy Valley's true class and abilities are tested and shown in the production of styles that are inherently difficult to make, whether through technical issues or by way of climate and suitability of the Marlborough growing region. Here I review three such wines where competency is shown. The ‘Echelon' Methode is in the sparkling class, which is technically intricate involved. The rosé category, where many wines are made as by-products of red table wine, and the Merlot/Malbec blend, made from varieties that do not perform with the greatest consistency in attaining ripeness in the district. www.spyvalleywine.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2012
  • Spy Valley Marlborough Merlot/Malbec 2011

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