Auntsfield 2015 Single Vineyard, 2012 Hawk Hill and 2013 Heritage Pinot Noirs

The Cowley family continue the heritage and legacy of David Herd who established Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery in 1873. The Cowleys re-established Auntsfield Estate on the original site in the Southern Valleys and now operate 65 ha of vines, approximately half dedicated to Pinot Noir and the remainder to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Southern Valley clay soils have proven to be ideal for modern grapegrowing, especially Pinot Noir. The majority of vines are planted on north-facing hillsides, with some on the flat land at the foot of the hills. The Pinot Noirs are presented in three tiers; the ‘Single Vineyard’ wines a blend of fruit from various blocks; the ‘Single Block’ wines which express the distinctive personalities of special identified blocks, and the flagship ‘Heritage’ wine which includes a homeopathic amount of the David Herd 1905 vintage wine in the blend. Ben Cowley is the viticulturist and general manager, and brother Luc is Auntsfield’s winemaker. Here, I review the new release 2015 ‘Single Vineyard’, 2012 ‘Hawk Hill’ and 2013 ‘Heritage’ Pinot Noirs.


  • Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Southern Valleys Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
  • Auntsfield ‘Hawk Hill’ Southern Valleys Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
  • Auntsfield ‘Heritage’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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