Ara ‘Select Blocks’ Pinot Gris 2012 and Pinot Noir 2010

The wines of Ara have become considerably more prominent of late, with a number of them gaining gold medal awards in wine shows and with a stronger presence on shelves. This is part of a new-found confidence with viticulturist Gus Struthers and winemaker Jeff Clarke exerting a greater influence on the proceedings. With the growth has come a better understanding of the tiers that Ara Wines operates. The ‘Single Estate’ wines are made from fruit from across the varied blocks that the company owns and are classical expressions of Marlborough. The ‘Select Blocks’ are exactly that, bottlings of wines from self-contained, individual blocks and the wines represent the character of the site and terroir. The top tier are the ‘Resolute’ wines, made from fruit from selected rows, the vines and wines given more lavish attention.

It is the ‘Select Blocks’ that have garnered attention of late and I review two wines from this range which have recently captured gold medals at different judging competitions. I tried them at a luncheon at Martin Bosley’s last November (click here to read my report) and it is good to see them again in more controlled conditions. It seems I was a little hard on the Pinot Noir then. www.arawines.co.nz


  • Ara ‘Select Blocks’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
  • Ara ‘Select Blocks’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

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