Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

With 50 ha of vines in the Lower Wairau and Southern Valleys districts since 1980, Charles and Sandi Wiffen have some of the longest established vineyards in Marlborough. Much of their fruit is contracted to a number of high profile producers, but the Wiffens have produced their own label wines since 1997. The aromatic whites and Chardonnay seem to be the stars, but all of the wines are of high quality, reflecting the mature vines, balanced vineyards, excellent viticulture by Melissa Sutherland, and first-class winemaking by the West Brook team in Waimauku. The Wiffen Pinot Noir blocks have consistently produced a distinctive style that is regionally expressive, with red berry fruit flavours that are more savoury and complex than other Wairau Valley areas, and tannins that are more accessible than wines from the nearby higher clay hills. Here, I review the 2012 Charles Wiffen Pinot Noir 2012.


  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

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