West Brook Marlborough Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs, Waimauku Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Malbec

26-Jun-2017
It may seem that West Brook is one of the few surviving family wineries operating in West Auckland. Located on Ararimu Road in Waimauku, Anthony and Sue Ivicevich have around 4 ha of vines on their 8 ha property, with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Malbec, reflecting the market preferences and the suitability of the vines to the terroir. The Ivicevich family have also had a long term relationship with Charles and Sandi Wiffen in Marlborough and a reciprocal arrangement of grape supply for contract winemaking is in operation. Though it is a hands-on operation, James Rowan plays a significant role in the winemaking process, his experience as a wine judge regarded by the Ivicevich family as an asset to making better wines, including those made under contract at West Brook. Indeed, all of the wines have achieved notable success on the show circuit giving credit to the positive approach to the business. Last year, West Brook was put up for sale, but the process is still to see its way to conclusion. So it is business as usual at West Brook. Here, I review a selection of wines, three from Marlborough and three from Waimauku. www.westbrook.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • West Brook Marlborough Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2015
  • West Brook Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • West Brook Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • West Brook Waimauku Pinot Gris 2016
  • West Brook Waimauku Chardonnay 2015
  • West Brook Waimauku Malbec 2014

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