Alluviale 2016 Sauvignon and Rosé, and 2015 Sauvignon/Semillon and Merlot/Cabernet

The ‘Alluviale’ brand is now operated by Ant Mackenzie Wines. Originally established as a secondary brand by Mark Blake of Blake Family Vineyards in 2003, the Alluviale brand was purchased by David Ramonteau and Kate Galloway in 2007 who developed the range to include a dry and sweet Sauvignon Blanc- based wines, while growing the reputation. Early this year, Ant Mackenzie purchased the brand to accommodate his expanding business.

Ant Mackenzie now operates the Spanish-themed ‘Tono’ label, along with the ‘Theory & Practice’ brand which highlights winemaking style, and the site-expressive ‘Craft Farm’ brand. Ant has been developing a range of Bordeaux- inspired wines, and the ‘Alluviale’ brand came available at a fortuitous time. For Ant, the range of wines he has crafted are a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and rosé, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend and Merlot/Cabernet blend, the latter three from Hawke’s Bay, but all four wines made from fruit grown on alluvial soils. It is exciting times as Ant and Fiona Mackenzie grow their personal winemaking business and realise their dreams. Here, I review the four new Alluviale wines, made by Ant Mackenzie. They are all taut and youthful, and will no doubt develop greater richness with time in bottle.


  • Alluviale Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Alluviale Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2016
  • Alluviale Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2015
  • Alluviale Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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