Spy Valley – A Summer Selection

The Spy Valley label of the Johnson family is one of Marlborough’s most popular, as it delivers extremely high quality and very good value in the premium sector of the wine market. It has always been that way from the start in 1993, the wine offering classic Marlborough style and approachability. The ‘Envoy’ range takes the level of interest and complexity further up, and involves a more sophisticated approach. These wines sit amongst Marlborough’s more innovative and exciting releases.

Based at the modern winery and cellar door at the mouth of the Waihopi Valley near the International Satellite Communications Monitoring Station or ‘Spy Base’ after which the wine is named, Johnson Estate has 130 ha of vines around and nearby the winery on riverside terraces, with a further 10 ha of hillside vines in the Omaka Valley, and 23 ha in the Lower Wairau Valley. The general manager is Blair Gibbs, and the viticulture is the responsibility of Adam McCone, with Paul Bourgeois as the chief winemaker, and they ensure the consistency of the wines with every vintage.

Here, I review a selection of new 2014 and 2013 releases, mainly from the Spy Valley range, ideal for the summer. www.spyvalleywine.co.nz


  • Spy Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
  • Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014
  • Spy Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2013
  • Spy Valley Marlborough Merlot/Malbec 2013
  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ ‘Johnson Vineyard’ Waihopi Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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