Ara Single Estate 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

Winegrowers of Ara are on the edge of cool-climate grapegrowing, with a single estate at the confluence of the Waihopi and Wairau rivers in Marlborough. It is this ‘edginess' which can result in extremely exciting wines, and this is what Ara is all about, using the proven varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, making striking Marlborough wines. The tiers that issue from ‘The Dart' architecturally awarded operations building are ‘Pathway', ‘Single Estate', ‘Select Blocks' and ‘Resolute'. Jeff Clarke, formerly of Pernod Ricard and Gus Struthers took up the winemaking and vineyard management positions respectively last year picking up from Damian Martin who previously filled those roles. I review two 2011 ‘Single Estate' wines, considered to be Ara's ‘most complete expression' as they incorporate fruit from all blocks, these being produced by the new team. www.arawines.co.nz

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