Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ 2013 Dry Riesling and Gewurztraminer

The ‘Envoy’ super-premium range of wines is the messenger or representative of Spy Valley at the highest level. They are single vineyard wines from micro-sites which reflect their origin, with minimal winemaking intervention. I’ve come to appreciate their quality and character over time and realise that Spy Valley release the wines with some time behind them. In a similar vein, we consumers should take our time to see all the different layers and complexities they can show. I reckon it would take a special wine judge to be able to recognise how good these wines are under the high-pressure and limited time allocated to assessment in a competition. I prefer to sit over a glass and watch it develop over a decent time frame.

The team at Spy Valley have recently up-graded the labelling of the ‘Envoy’ wines to a level that befits their station. The ‘Envoy’ font is larger and a brighter gold colour than before, and the ‘Spy Valley’ nomenclature is clearer. There is a stronger texture and thicker stock paper, and the label sports a stronger border. More importantly on the information front, the name of the vineyard and Marlborough sub-region has been added. And the back label has descriptions of the site, soil and wine style, which will be of interest to the consumer who tends to buy and drink such wines. I like the changes. Under the new labelling are the new 2013 Dry Riesling and Gewurztraminer wines, which I review here. www.spyvalleywine.co.nz


  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ ‘Johnson Vineyard’ Waihopi Valley Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013
  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ ‘Johnson Vineyard’ Waihopi Valley Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2013

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