Sea Level Wines From Mariri, Nelson

27-Sep-2013
The Nelson wine community has welcomed Sea Level into its ranks, as it adds a very experienced and professional element to the region. The Smail family has son Sam, winemaker at the Whitehaven operation in Marlborough making the wines from the 8 ha of grapes from the 14 ha property at Mariri, on the coastal highway between Tasman and Motueka, opposite the Kina peninsula. Dan Manuge, the on-site vineyard manager tends the Pinot Gris, which accounts for around half of the plantings, Gewurztraminer, clone 95 Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. Sam makes the wines at the Whitehaven facility, except for the Pinot Gris, which is made at the nearby Anchorage winery to minimise skin contact for the machine harvest fruit. I visited Sea Level just over a year ago, and everything looked immaculate at this exciting venture. (Click here to read my report.) Sam has sent the 2013 Gewurztraminer, 2011 Chardonnay and 2012 Pinot Noir for review. www.sealevelwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Sea Level ‘Home Block’ Nelson Gewurztraminer 2013
  • Sea Level ‘Home Block’ Nelson Chardonnay 2011
  • Sea Level ‘Home Block’ Nelson Pinot Noir 2012

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