Grava Wines 2016 Martinborough Sauvignon, Rosé, Riesling and Pinot Noir

28-Feb-2018

Alistair Gardner and Karla Fallon have made significant commitments to the Wairarapa wine scene of late. In November 2014, they purchased the former Hudson Wine vineyard just 8 km south of the Martinborough village on Lake Ferry Road, and released their own Grava wines from the 2015 vintage. Being an established vineyard with 2.0 ha of Pinot Noir in clones 777, 115 and Abel, 1.7 ha of Sauvignon Blanc and 1.5 ha of Riesling, this gave Alistair, a winemaker with good experience in New Zealand and overseas to make a set of wines that have found ready acceptance in the marketplace. Alistair uses the Alana Estate facilities where he supported Alex Craighead making the Alana Wines, but will assume full responsibility for these from the 2018 vintage. The Grava wines continue to be made there too. Alistair has become chairman of the Wairarapa Winegrowers organisation, a popular appointment by all accounts. Here, I review the new release 2016 Grava wines, which are the result of continued work in the vineyard and show a greater understanding of the wines. Alistair is happy to include a portion of adventurous winemaking in the blends, but is very careful not to make the wines too funky. To me, the 2016s have increased in consistency across the range, which is very promising. www.grava.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Grava Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Grava Martinborough Rosé 2016
  • Grava Martinborough Riesling 2016
  • Grava Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

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