Clark Estate Marlborough 2018, 2017 and 2016 Releases

05-Oct-2018

Originally from England, Peter and Jane Clark established their Upper Awatere Valley winegrowing venture in Marlborough when they purchased land in 1998 to set up a vineyard. They now have 10 ha of Sauvignon Blanc, 2 ha of Pinot Gris and nearly 1 ha of Riesling. Their family are now fully involved in the business with son Simon responsible for viticulture and winemaking, daughter Sarah in marketing, and they launched the Clark Estate brand with the 2008 vintage. There has been considerable growth with exports and alternative distribution channels, and the Clarks have diversified the styles of wines they make from their varieties planted. They are regularly winning top awards for their wines. Earlier this year, they opened a cellar door in the front courtyard of the Dodson Street Beer Garden in Blenheim. Here, I review a selection of current release wines from the 2018 to 2016 vintages. Most of the wines come from the challenging 2017 vintage. www.clarkestate.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Clark Estate ‘Dayvinleigh’ Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
  • Clark Estate Upper Awatere Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Clark Estate ‘Bella’ Marlborough Pinot Grigio 2017
  • Clark Estate ‘Blackbirch’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
  • Clark Estate Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling Riesling 2017
  • Clark Estate ‘Block 8’ Marlborough Riesling 2017
  • Clark Estate Upper Wairau Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
  • Boreham Wood ‘Single Vineyard’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
  • Clark Estate ‘Clericus’ Marlborough Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Clark Estate ‘Clericus’ Marlborough Wild Pinot Gris 2016

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