Starborough ‘Family Estate’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and Pinot Noir 2014

The continued growth of the Starborough Farming Company in the wine sector is a valuable success story serving as a model for those with interest in the industry. The grapegrowing side of the business began as an adjunct to the crops and livestock the Jones family grew for four generations. The initial ‘O’Dwyers Farm’ site in Rapaura was complemented by establishing the ‘Starborough Terrace’ vineyard at Seddon in the Awatere, which grew the family’s contract grape supply capability. James Jones took charge of the development of the family’s own ‘Starborough’ label, with Dave Clouston as their winemaker, taking the concern to another level. Since then, the family have purchased the well-known ‘River Farm’ brand to tier their bottlings and enable export growth, along with the purchase of the ‘Long Lane’ vineyard on Redwood Pass Road.

Now comes the news that ‘Starborough’ has grown again, with the purchase of the property next to the ‘Long Lane’ vineyard on the northern banks of the Awatere River. The vineyard has 18 ha of established Sauvignon Blanc, and has just had another 12 ha of that variety planted last week. Of course, each step in growth has been carefully considered by the Jones family with contracted supply, wine production, demand and forecasts accounted for. From their perspective, there are risks, but to date, Starborough hasn’t put a foot wrong. Here, I review the latest Starborough ‘Family Estate’ releases, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 Pinot Noir.


  • Starborough ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Starborough ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

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