Charles Wiffen 2015 Pinot Gris and 2012 Riesling

The Charles Wiffen Marlborough wines come from 50 ha of well-established vines in the Lower Wairau and Southern Valleys districts. The wines are models of consistency and are always stylish, elegant and discreet, a style that has found favour with consumers who wish to enjoy the bottle rather than be wowed by a glass. The aromatic whites are especially successful. Melissa Sutherland and Jason Tripe tend to the Wiffen family viticulture, and the wines in main have been made at the West Brook facility in West Auckland by Anthony Ivicevich and James Rowan. Charles and Sandi’s daughter Rebecca, who has been a winemaker at Lawson’s Dry Hills for a decade has always taken an active interest in the family vineyards, living amongst them, and has often had a hand in crushing some of the fruit before it is tankered to Auckland for vinification. However, she has had a hand in fully making some of the bottlings. Here, I review the 2015 Pinot Gris, made by Rebecca at the Lawson’s Dry Hills facility, and the 2012 Riesling, made by James Rowan at West Brook. Both are new releases.


  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Riesling 2012

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