Envoy – Spy Valley’s Messenger

06-Jan-2014
The Spy Valley wines from Johnson Estate offer some of the most classical and approachable bottlings of Marlborough, such that they are regarded as the ‘flagbearer’ of the company. Wine enthusiasts would see the ‘Envoy’ wines as the top wines, but for Spy Valley, they are ‘messengers’ telling the story of "land and time”. The Envoy range was launched in 2005 and designed to express the character of the most special micro-sites and how the vines interact with them. Chief winemaker Paul Bourgeois takes a low interventionist and traditional approach which includes natural ferments, sensitive barrel-aging and the indulgence of time to allow the wines fully show what viticulturist Adam McCone has captured from the vineyard and vines. Here, I review a selection of new and pre-release Envoy wines. As usual, I believe it is beneficial to understand some of the vineyard and winemaking detail – hearing the message - to properly appreciate the approaches in making and thus enjoying them. www.spyvalleywine.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ ‘Outpost’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ Marlborough Riesling 2010
  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ ‘Outpost’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012

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