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Appellation Marlborough Wine Press Release

Press Release – Monday 20 May 2019 “It provides the wine buying public of the world with an assurance they can see and trust.” Ivan Sutherland Appellation Marlborough Wine – a promise of provenance Marlborough’s wine industry has welcomed the development of a quality mark to protect the authenticity, integrity and sustainability of Marlborough wine. Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) was launched in June last year and now has 45 members, including some of the region’s most iconic wine companies. Speaking at the AGM last week, chair Ivan Sutherland, owner of Dog Point Vineyards, said there were already 30 Sauvignon Blanc labels from the 2018 vintage wearing the quality mark, giving consumers confidence in the provenance of their wine. “Appellation Marlborough Wine is about protecting the reputation this region has worked hard to build. It provides the wine buying public of the world with an assurance they can see and trust.” Sutherland said wine writers and distributors had welcomed the initiative warmly, with their most pressing question being ‘why did it take so long to eventuate?’ Cloudy Bay Estate Director Yang…


Michael Cooper reviews our latest releases

Twin Valleys Chardonnay 20165 stars Full of youthful potential, this wine was hand-picked at the junction of the Waihopai and Wairau valleys and fermented in French oak barriques. It is full-bodied (13.5% alc/vol), lemony and tightly structured, with strong, citrusy, slightly toasty flavours and a long, crisp finish. Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 20165 stars Grown and hand-harvested on the lower slopes of the Wither Hills, this is a weighty wine (14.7% alc/vol), ripely fragrant and sweet-fruited, with tropical-fruit flavours, nutty, barrel-ferment notes adding complexity and harmonious, dry, rounded finish. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 20185 stars Benchmark stuff, this aromatic, weighty wine has penetrating, vibrant, tropical fruit flavours to the fore, a hint of barrel-ferment complexity, and a crisp, dry, lasting finish. From winemaker Brian Bicknell, formerly chief winemaker at Seresin Estate, it was grown at seven sites, mostly at the western end of the Wairau Valley, and is drinking well right now. Fine value. Marlborough Chardonnay 20174.5 stars Fruit from four Wairau Valley sites was hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts and barrel-aged for 11 months. It is mouthfilling (13.1% alc/vol), with…