Bladen Marlborough 2015 Whites and 2013 Pinot Noir

Bladen Wines was established in 1989 when Chris and Dave Macdonald planted a 8 ha vineyard with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris, the latter the oldest plantings of the variety in Marlborough, at Conders Bend Road, Renwick. They supplement their plantings with fruit from the0.6 ha vineyard of Keven and Kerry Tilly on Paynters Road, Fairhall and the 1.2 ha Alma Street vineyard of Nick and Lauren Hunter. Recently, they have taken on board fruit from Paul and Aimee McIntyre’s vineyard located in Nursery Road, Seddon, and are now able to add an Awatere Valley fruit profile to their wines. The Bladen wines are made by Sam Smail, Diana Katardzhieva and Rowan Langdon at the Whitehaven facility. The name ‘Bladen’ is a contraction of the Macdonald’s children’s names Blair and Deni. I find the wines to be elegant and have a delicacy to them. Here, I review the new 2015 white and 2013 Pinot Noir releases. www.bladen.co.nz


  • Bladen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Bladen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
  • Bladen Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015
  • Bladen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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