Vavasour 2017 Whites and 2015 Pinot Noir, and 2016 Single Vineyard Releases

Vavasour is the pioneer of Awatere Valley, Marlborough winegrowers, established by the long-time Vavasour farming family in 1986 when they planted vines in the Dashwood, Lower Awatere Valley. Their first vintage of 1989 drew critical acclaim for the wines, and set off a wave of vine planting which continues today. Vavasour later became part of the N.Z. Wine Fund, which was purchased by Foley Family Wines in 2009, the buy including the winery, substantial vineyard holdings and Vavasour, Dashwood, Goldwater, Clifford Bay and associated brands. Despite initial scepticism, Vavasour, as with all the Family Foley wineries, have flourished with investment in vineyards and plant, as well as a sharing of resources and co-ordinated management.

Chief winemaker Stu Marfell is the public face of Vavasour, with the company since 2002. He has the assistance of the very experienced Susan van der Pol and Hamish Smith in the winery, and Mat Duncan who oversees the viticulture of the 60 ha of estate vines yielding for Vavasour. The wines under the stewardship of Stu have been excellent. But Stu cites the valuable of input of Alastair Maling MW, who joined Foley Family Wines in 2015 as a major influence in the most recent progression of quality and style in the wines. Stu oversees all of the Marlborough winemaking for Foley Family Wines, and welcomes the arrival of Greg Lane from the Adelaide Hills who has assumed the Grove Mill winemaker role. It’s exciting times for the company. Here, I review a selection of Vavasour 2017 whites, and the 2015 Pinot Noir, along with the single vineyard bottlings of 2016 ‘Anna’s’ Chardonnay and ‘Felix’s’ Pinot Noir. The Vavasour label is reserved for Awatere-only wines. www.vavasour.com


  • Dashwood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Vavasour Awatere Valley Marlborough Rosé 2017
  • Vavasour Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Vavasour Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
  • Vavasour Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
  • Vavasour ‘Anna’s Vineyard’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
  • Vavasour ‘Felix’s Vineyard’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

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