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Marlborough—reputed as the most desirable region in New Zealand for Sauvignon Blanc, also produces great Pinot Noirs. Here are two winemakers who will tell us why:

Simon Fell, Winemaker at Villa Maria, Marlborough, Auckland, New Zealand - click to listen

Founded in 1961,Villa Maria  is New Zealand's second-largest winery, producing 700,000 cases to 800,000 cases a year of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Villa Maria was the first wine company in New Zealand to declare the winery a “cork-free zone,” sealing  all wines from the 2004 vintage onwards with a screwcap to ensure quality in every bottle.
Proudly family owned, Villa Maria sources grapes from the best of New Zealand's wine growing regions to produce wines of exceptional quality. Exceptional indeed! Listen as Simon Fell, Villa Maria’s winemaker,  tells us why.

Villa Maria Estate 2010 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, 100% Sauvignon Blanc.   A beautifully pure and lively wine, overflowing with aromas of ripe gooseberry, and passionfruit with hints of grapefruit, lime and nettle. The wine is concentrated and juicy with vibrant fruit and fantastic    mid-palate weight, finishing with a crisp fresh acidity. Enjoy now and until 2013.

Villa Maria 2008 Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Hawkes Bay. 56% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec. The fruit for this dark and deeply fragrant wine is sourced from Hawkes Bay, a region renowned for producing exceptionally elegant Merlot and  Cabernet Sauvignon. Layers of berry and plum flavours combine with  complex cedar and savory characters in this classic blend.

 

Dave Edmonds, Winemaker at Nobilo, Marlborough, New Zealand  - click to listen

nobiloSay Sauvignon Blanc and you’ll most likely get one from New Zealand. It’s become a trademark of the winemaking in New Zealand thanks to early settlers - like Nikola Nobilo who came to NZ from Croatia in 1943, planted grapes and made wine with the intention of sharing it with family and friends. But he, like the other European immigrants found a place of amazing grape-growing potential and they soon developed it into a commercial business.

The same year that the first commercial vines were planted in Marlborough, Dave Edmonds was born, just across the Cook Strait in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. After gaining a degree in horticulture science at Christchurch’s Lincoln University, Dave headed to Hawke’s Bay in the North Island for his first vintage.

The results Sauvignon Blancs with a wonderful bouquet of Pineapple, honey, melon, pear and a hint of flint, flavorful, well balanced and just as exciting as the nose... Listen to winemaker Dave Edmonds

Look for The Icon label which represents the pinnacle of Nobilo winemaking.   Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir are rich, complex and full bodied, with excellent weight, structure and balance. Sauvignon Blanc 2010, just released is fabulous.

And look for Nobilo regional collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($11.99)—  aromas of ripe tropical and citrus fruits which flow through to the palate and a crisp dry finish.  Gisborne Chardonnay ‘flavours of ripe grapefruit, melon and peach, with nutty, biscuity complexity and a touch of oak’.  Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris - Deliciously smooth, with a perfumed bouquet of orange blossom and pear. A gentle acidity complements its creamy texture while ripe stonefruit, melon and pear linger on the palate. Hawke’s Bay Merlot - Dark and rich, with aromas of plums, blackberries and spice. Elegant and full of flavour with a long, delicious finish.