Red Deer Marlborough 2014 Chardonnay and 2016 Pinot Noir

06-Jun-2017
Waitaria Bay Estate is quite possibly the only commercial grapegrowing operation in the Marlborough Sounds. Chicago businessman Stan Simpson established 5 ha of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Viognier vines in 2004, and has Willoughby and Laurie Roodt as his on-site managers, and Bart Arnst overseeing the viticulture and instituting organic regimes. Recently, Pinot Noir was top-grafted onto the Viognier for a more successful varietal style. The wine brand is ‘Red Deer’, as the property supports a herd of these animals. The initial wines were made by Dave Clouston, and Hugh Girling made the wines after at the Sugar Loaf facility. Here, I review the 2014 Chardonnay and 2016 Pinot Noir. www.reddeerwine.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Red Deer Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
  • Red Deer ‘Family Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

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