Jackson Estate – A Broad Selection from a Marlborough Pioneer


In 2015, Jackson Estate celebrated 25 years of winegrowing in Marlborough. Established by John and Jo Stitchbury in the late 1980s, Jackson Estate quickly gained a reputation for excellent and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc that was particularly appreciated in the U.K. market. Of course things have changed considerably, not only in a market that wants greater diversity, but also at Jackson Estate as it has evolved to operate successfully in these modern times.

Jackson Estate is now effectively owned by John Benton of the Benton Family Wine Group, which also has Pask Winery in Hawke’s Bay. John Benton, a schoolmate of John Stitchbury took a majority shareholding in Jackson Estate in 2013, and from there has consolidated much of the operation, but also grown it to meet the future. I attended Jackson Estate’s 25 year Celebration in 2015 (click here to see my report), and since then, a planned winery to especially handle Pinot Noir, with modern cellar door was completed for opening in May, last year. The company owns 70 ha of vines in three sites: ‘Homestead’, ‘Somerset’ and ‘Eversley’ which provides the fruit it needs. Jackson Estate now crushes on average 350 tonnes of Sauvignon Blanc, 150 tonnes of Pinot Noir, and 20 tonnes each of Chardonnay and Riesling annually, a quantity that makes the brand specialised, and a mix that is representative of market demands.

Jeff Hart is the managing director with the very experienced Geoff Woollcombe the viticulturist, and Matt Patterson-Green the winemaker. Matt has been with the company for over a decade. Here, I review a broad selection of wines from Jackson Estate, showing how its portfolio has evolved into one of sophistication, rather than youthful exuberance as in the early days. www.jacksonestate.co.nz


  • Jackson Estate ‘Alayna’ Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2017
  • Jackson Estate ‘Homestead’ Marlborough Dry Riesling 2015
  • Jackson Estate ‘Shelter Belt’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2015
  • Jackson Estate ‘Grey Ghost’ Wairau Valley Marlborough Barrique Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Jackson Estate ‘Homestead’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Jackson Estate ‘Somerset’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Waihopai Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Jackson Estate ‘Gum Emperor’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Waihopai Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Jackson Estate Marlborough Botrytis Riesling 2014

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