Neal Ibbotson and his wife Judy were one of the earliest private grape growers in Marlborough, first planting grapes in 1978. Their extensive viticulture experience spans 40 years and has allowed them to identify the best vineyard areas and sites in Marlborough. In 1994 Neal and Judy established Saint Clair Estate Wines which now sells to over 70 markets worldwide. Delta Wines have been crafted from the 2015 vintage onwards.
Heather Stewart joined the Delta Wine Company winemaking team in 2015 and in 2017 took over the reins handcrafting the Delta wines.
The Delta Wine Company started with a single Pinot Noir producing vineyard and has continued to handpick unique and interesting vineyards in the surrounding Marlborough area and beyond. Ranging from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, through to a vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels wine growing district of Hawke’s Bay to produce wines that are expressive, distinct and true to the terroir.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Delta Sauvignon Blanc 2019, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Jun-2020Bright, light pale-yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is upfront, leaping with passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus zest; melded with green capsicum and lifted spices. Light-bodied with refreshing acidity flows with grapefruit, citrus zest, passionfruit; unfolding grassy, herbaceous nuances of capsicum. The acidity is lively with a kick of spice. The mouthfeel is light and soft with a subtle phenolic grip. This is an attractive Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, exhibits appealing citrus and passionfruit with underlying green herbaceous notes, flows with lively acidity and supported by a soft phenolic grip. Match with white fish and mussels over the next 2-3 years. Cool fermented to 13% alc, 2.5g/l RS. 18+/20pts June 2020 RRP $20
Delta Hatters Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2019, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Jun-2020Bright, even throughout, pale yellow with a slightly green hue. The nose is fresh with intense aromas of passionfruit, gooseberries and lime melded with beautifully scented elderflower, green herbs and a soft dusting of white pepper. Medium-light bodied, the palate is lush with some weight, presenting elderflower, honeyed aromas along with ripened passionfruit, cassis and lime; unveiling subtle spices. The taste is fresh with a softness; oily texture integrated with a chalky mouthfeel. Acidity is the main drive and flows, with good energy to a lingering refreshing finish. This is a lively, dry white with intense aromas of classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with layers of interest and honeyed round edges. Match with shellfish and grilled fish over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from two vineyards in Dillon's Point, fermented in a combination of stainless steel, seasoned barriques and puncheons to 12.5%alc, 1.9g/l RS. 19/20pts June 2020 RRP $30
Delta Hatters Hill Chardonnay 2019, MarlboroughChardonnay from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Jun-2020Bright, youthful light yellow with a slight green-golden hue. The bouquet is soft with poise aromas of melon and stonefruit, subtle hazelnut and toasty nuances. Medium-bodied, the palate is bright and lively, presenting melon, ripened stonefruit and citrus; accompanied by spices, hazelnut and pastry with custard. Creamy texture entwined with a soft phenolic mouthfeel; the acidity is taut with good energy, contributing to a long refreshing finish with subtle spices. This is a youthful, well-crafted Chardonnay with ripe fruit nuances, hazelnut and custard pastry; a creamy texture and lingering taut acid drive alongside chalky mineral texture line to a sustained finish. Will benefit from short term ageing. Match with crayfish and poultry over the next 5 years. Predominant of fruit from Ure Valley, South Marlborough, fermented in French oak barrels with a third of new oak barriques, to 13% alc, 4g/l RS. Aged 10 months in barrels on lees and regular battonage. 18.5+/20pts June 2020 RRP $30
Delta Pinot Noir 2019, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Jun-2020Bright, youthful, light ruby-red colour with some depth. The nose is full with intensity and presence of black cherries, savoury kalamata olives, entwined with a rich herbal note of thyme, unfolding subtle coffee and toasted nut nuances. Medium-light bodied, the palate has good concentration of fruit, black cherries, red berries and underlying savoury kalamata olives. The acidity is fresh with a softness, hauling aromas of thyme and integrated notes of coffee and toasted nuts to a sustained finish. The mouthfeel is weaved by satiny tannin extraction and a soft phenolic grip. This is an appealing Pinot Noir with nuances of red fruit, savoury olives, and herbs with integrated notes of coffee and toasted nuts, supported by satiny tannin structure. Serve with pork and poultry over the next 3 years. Fruit fermented to 13.5%. Aged for 9 months in 50% stainless steel tanks and 50% seasoned French oak barriques. 18/20pts June 2020 RRP $20
Delta Hatters Hill Pinot Noir 2018, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Jun-2020Bright, light ruby-red with some depth, lighter on edge. The bouquet is fragranced with depth, exhibiting fresh red berries, red cherries, an amalgam of spices lifted with floral, along with savoury earth and gamey notes. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh with well-defined layers of aromas, red berries and cherries with a deep fragranced floral scent; along with aromatic oak spices underlying earth and gamey notes. The mouthfeel is soft and delicate; lacy acidity interweaved with a fine line of grainy tannin extraction, leaves a silky sustained finish. This is a pretty, delicate Pinot Noir with flavours of red fruit and floral complexity, along with spices, earthy and gamey elements flow with silky tannin and lacy acidity. Match with crispy duck and gamefowl over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from Wairau Valley, 115 Dijon clone, 10% whole bunches, fermented to 13.5% alc. Aged in Frech oak barriques for 10 months, 30% new. 18.5+/20pts June 2020 RRP $34
Delta Merlot 2019, Hawkes BayMerlot from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 10-Jun-2020Dark, medium ruby-red with some depth, lighter on edge. The nose is presenting voluminously with dark plums and berries, rich with smokey meat notes; melded with an amalgam of spices, cocoa and nutty aromas. Full-bodied, dark plums and blackberries entwined with smokey meat notes; unfolding spices and nutty savouriness. The palate is full, weights rich cocoa and nutty notes of toasted almonds; interweaved with a hefty extraction of grippy tannin, leads the wine to a dry and an adequate finish. This is a robust red weight of dark plums and cherries, complex smokey meat notes melded with cocoa and spices; supported by a firm, grippy tannin structure. Serve with barbeque meat and roasted beef over the next 3-5 years. Fruit fermented to 13.5% alc, matured in stainless steel tanks and seasoned French oak for 9 months. 17.5/20pts June 2020 RRP $20