Clark Estate 2016 Pinot Gris and Grigio, Gale Force Sauvignon and Boreham Wood Riesling

19-Jul-2016
Clark Estate was established by Peter and Jane Clark in 1998 when they purchased land in the Upper Awatere Valley to set up a vineyard. It is a family affair with son Simon joining the venture in 2003 to be responsible for the viticulture and winemaking. Daughter Sarah took up the marketing role in 2007, with daughter Jen involved in logistics. The Clark Estate brand was launched with the 2008 vintage, and the family have grown their distribution in their original home of England and now in New Zealand. There are 10 ha of Sauvignon Blanc, 2 ha of Pinot Gris and nearly 1 ha of Riesling.

The Clarks are entering a phase of development and diversification, adding to the existing Clark Estate and Boreham Wood brands a secondary ‘Gale Force’ label which will be aimed at export and alternative distribution channels within New Zealand. They are also increasing the stylistic interpretation of varieties, such as releasing a new Pinot Grigio style in addition to the more classical Pinot Gris bottling. Simon tells me there is more innovation on the way. It’s a case of ’watch this space’. Here I review a selection of 2016 vintage whites, a Pinot Gris, a Pinot Grigio, the ‘Gale Force’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Boreham Wood’ Riesling. www.clarkestate.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Clark Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
  • Clark Estate Marlborough Pinot Grigio 2016
  • Gale Force Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Boreham Wood ‘Single Vineyard’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Riesling 2016

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