Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Determining how specific one states the origin of a wine is a difficult decision. For the vast majority of consumers in this country, they are happy to know that the wine they are drinking is made from New Zealand grapes. Those with a little more interest will look beyond the grape variety and style to see which region the wine comes from – whether Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay, Central Otago or one of the smaller districts. It’ll take a wine enthusiast, or maybe a local resident to take an interest in sub-regions. Marlborough can easily be subdivided into the Wairau and Awatere Valleys, thankfully this made easily by the geographical barrier. To go into more specific areas beyond sub-regions is geek material. But the differences in style at that level are real more than imagined, and deserve to be told, to show the uniqueness of that particular area. It’s a case of the producer educating the drinker.

Auntsfield, owned by the Cowley family, is a Southern Valleys, Marlborough producer with 65 ha planted 90% to Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, and with Chardonnay making up the remainder. The vineyards encompass the original site of Marlborough pioneer David Herd’s vineyard and winery established in 1873. The Southern Valleys has been touted by many as the best area for Pinot Noir in the region, the Greywacke rock and loess clay soils providing proper structure and sophistication. The style of the Sauvignon Blancs is individual too, expressing texture and weight, and showing gooseberry and stonefruit, as well as the pungent thiols of the lower Wairau. This is what Auntsfield captures in their Sauvignon Blanc. Here, I review the new 2015 ‘Single Vineyard’ wine, which states its Southern Valleys origin on the label.


  • Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Southern Valleys Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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