Starborough 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

One of the true success stories of Marlborough farming is that of the four generation Jones family of the Starborough Farming Company. The Jones operate an integrated agricultural business which added grapegrowing to crops and livestock to supply contract fruit. As is the case with many grapegrowers, the family established their own label, ‘Starborough’, with James Jones taking responsibility for this part of the business. The Jones have as their contracted winemaker, the talented Dave Clouston.

The Jones have carefully and steadily grown the wine operation to own the ‘O’Dwyers Farm’ vineyard in Rapaura, the ‘Starborough Terrace’ site at Seddon in the Awatere, and the ‘Long Lane’ vineyard on Redwood Pass Road. The three sites give the valuable resource and ability to blend to achieve consistency and completeness. There is also the opportunity of highlighting the individual nature of each site with single vineyard wines. I have seen the Starborough wines grow in stature and quality with each passing vintage as James Jones and Dave Clouston become more familiar with what the vineyards yield. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Family Estate’ Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, the 2015 ‘Single Vineyard’ Chardonnay and ‘Family Estate’ Pinot Noir.


  • Starborough ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Starborough ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
  • Starborough ‘Single Vineyard’ Awatere Chardonnay 2015
  • Starborough ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

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