Charles Wiffen Sauvignon Blanc 2011 & Merlot 2010

11-Jun-2012
The one Marlborough wine label that is right down the middle of the line in style is that of Charles Wiffen. Charles and Sandi Wiffen are among the longest established winegrowers in Marlborough, working with grapes for over three decades. They have 50 ha of vines in the Lower Wairau and the Southern Valleys, and the fruit, tended by Melissa Sutherland is transformed into wine by Anthony and James at West Brook winery in Auckland. Sauvignon Blanc is the mainstay among a range of stars, and this 2011 is the latest release of what the region does best. And surprisingly, Charles Wiffen has one of the rare Marlborough-grown Merlot varietal wines in the range. In these modern times when it is thought the variety cannot consistently succeed so far south, this label confounds many pundits. The 2010 is the new release. www.charleswiffenwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Merlot 2010

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