Charles Wiffen 2018 Pinot Rosé and 2016 Chardonnay


Charles and Sandi Wiffen are stalwarts of the Marlborough wine industry, being among the earliest grapegrowers. Though living in Parnassus near Cheviot, they own 50 ha of well-established vines in the Lower Wairau and Southern Valleys districts. Jason Tripe and Melissa Sutherland tend to the viticulture and most of the wines are made by James Rowan at West Brook in Waimauku, though daughter Becc Wiffen, a winemaker at Lawson’s Dry Hills (and living in the family vineyards) supplements the supply with wines made at Lawson’s. Here, I review the new release 2018 Pinot Rosé and 2016 Chardonnay, the latter wine already successful at wine shows.


  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2018
  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

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