Starborough Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

09-Oct-2018

The Starborough Farming Co. in Marlborough is one of the success stories of agricultural diversification. The Jones family who own Starborough Station near Seddon based their business on crop and stock farming, but took to grapegrowing as a new approach which complemented their established farming. The Jones started as contract growers, but they established their own brand ‘Starborough’. They have three vineyards, the ‘O’Dwyers Farm’ site in Rapaura, the larger ‘Starborough Terrace’ vineyard on the station in the Awatere, and their most recent acquisition, the ‘Long Lane’ vineyard on Redwood Pass Road in the Dashwood sub-region of the Awatere. This affords the Starborough label to blend fruit for balance as well as giving the potential for making single vineyard wines. James Jones overseas the wine business for the family, and they have Kerry Hammond tending to the viticulture. The Starborough wines are made by the talented Dave Clouston. These are wines which have grown considerably in quality over recent years. Here, I review the ‘Family Estate’ 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, arguably the best release yet. I believe that James and Dave have managed to build in an attractive extra rich fruitiness into these bottlings. www.starborough.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Starborough ‘Family Estate’ ‘Sons of the Soil’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  • Starborough ‘Family Estate’ ‘Sons of the Soil’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018
  • Starborough ‘Family Estate’ ‘Sons of the Soil’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
  • Starborough ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

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