Wairau River, New Zealand

Wairau River Wines Ltd is located in Marlborough, New Zealand.

Wairau River Wines Limited was established by Phil and Chris Rose in 1991 to produce premium wines principally from the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay varieties.

 Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand The Rose’s were pioneer grape growers in the Marlborough district of New Zealand and have an established 160 hectare vineyard on the banks of the Wairau River. The first vines were planted in 1978. The vineyards have stony free draining soils with abundant pure underground water which, coupled with Marlborough’s legendary climatic qualities of long dry summers and cool autumns provide a recipe for the production of grapes of superior quality with intense flavours.

Wairau River vineyards are committed to producing high quality grapes and to this end extensive Scott Henry trellising, leaf plucking and trimming are employed to ensure maximum light and air movement is achieved within the canopy to produce grapes of intense flavour and full ripeness. The stony nature of the soil also provides much reflected heat which aids ripening.

Only estate grown fruit is used in the production of Wairau River. For many years the Rose’s have produced grapes for a number of successful New Zealand companies who have turned these into award winning wines. The decision to produce wine under their own label was made on the basis of these past successes.

The majority of the first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc from Wairau River was exported to the United Kingdom where it received rapturous applause, winning gold at the International Wine Challenge and being judged best Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand by the prestigious Decanter Magazine. This acclaim came on top of Wairau River winning a gold medal at the 1991 Air New Zealand Wine Awards and being judged the premier Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand.

Wairau River has expanded its export market to include USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong and has established limited sales in Germany, France,Denmark, Holland and Switzerland.

Today, Wairau River produces the majority of it’s wine as Sauvignon Blanc including a spectacular Home Block range. This wine is only produced in limited quantities. Current production also includes Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.

In 2002 a state of the art winery was constructed at the end of a plane tree driveway in the middle of their Rapaura Road vineyard, this completes the cycle, from growing their own grapes, to harvesting their own crop, to making fine wine and finally to bottling the wine on site.

Winery address:
Wairau River Wines Ltd
RD 3, Marlborough, New Zealand
Contact: Phil & Chris Rose. Phone number: +64 3 572 7950

Tasting Notes on the Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Expressive aromatics of gooseberry and passionfruit epitomise classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and this wine embraces these characters. this wine is refines and elegant witha generous mid and back palate finishing with great length.

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