Clark Estate Winery’s new wild-fermented range Clericus offers a broader, more sophisticated taste. A derivative of Clark, Clericus is a word associated with the most noble scholars in Roman society – and the exquisite selection is certainly worthy of its namesake.
Slowly ageing since 2016, the Clericus range includes a Wild Sauvignon Blanc – described as classic barrel wild-fermented style, stacked with smoked passionfruit, bruised basil, toasty marzipan notes, soft pepper and lemongrass layers – as well as a beautiful Pinot Gris and a Pinot Noir (complete with a Gold medal for its stunning label at the Print Awards). “It’s for the New Zealander who wants something different.”
Clark Estate is a small Kiwi-owned winery, run by co-founder Peter Clark, his winemaker son Simon, and daughter Sarah, who describes the company as authentic, powerful and vibrant. “We are a true family business and it really is just the three of us. We do everything ourselves, from viticulture to sales, and being locally owned is one of our unique points of difference – many Kiwis don’t realise a lot of New Zealand vineyards are owned by international companies. We are passionate about everything we do.”
Based in Blenheim, the award-winning vineyard has a large following of national and international customers. The range is available to order online. Visit www.clarkestate.com or call Sarah on 021 386 831.
Hidden in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand, you’ll find family owned estate Spy Valley Wines featuring award-winning, sustainably crafted wines that capture the unique time and place of every harvest.
Six varieties of grapes are grown on more than 160 hectares of pristine vineyards. It just so happens that the winery and tasting room share the valley with a satellite communication station that finds the terroir perfect for spying too.
Unlike the world of espionage, Spy Valley wine has demanded global attention; the wine has been called ‘impossible to ignore’ and the company is among the planet’s 20 most notable new producers.
Visit Spy Valley’s family-friendly tasting room any time of year where you can relax and enjoy breath-taking scenery and award-winning architecture. Open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 4:30pm during the winter.
If you seek a vibrant, crisp, exciting wine that surprises and delights, this is it; wines which are refreshing on hot days and comforting on cool ones. When you find one, #seekspy.
They may describe themselves as ‘accidental winegrowers’, but Natalie and Warrick Edwards, of Cross Hares Winery, have certainly proved that where there’s a will, there’s a way.
After the September 2010 earthquake saw the Edwards’ family having to farewell their irreparable home forever, Natalie and Warrick had to seriously rethink their lives. “So, we bought a rundown vineyard, as you do,” Natalie laughs. “We knew nothing about growing grapes, but we’re not afraid of hard work, so we rolled up our sleeves and got busy.”
Fast forward to 2014 and our stalwart couple found themselves doing the hard slog of tightening wires, mending broken poles, lifting irrigation lines and repairing irrigation leaks – all 100 of them! Next step was to get expert advice. Lincoln University lecturer and vineyard owner Glen Creasy was the man who helped regenerate and restore the neglected vines to their former glory; so much so that Natalie and Warrick felt confident to approach The Crater Rim Winery and re-establish a former connection whereby they would sell their fruit to them.
Their vintage 2016 saw a bumper yield of 6.9 tonnes of Pinot Noir and 7.1 tonnes of Pinot Gris harvested for The Crater Rim while later, another 3.5 tonnes of Pinot Gris were picked for themselves. ‘Ahuriri Run’ (named in tribute to the vineyard being formerly part of the Rhodes’ brothers Ahuriri Run) produced 2,800 bottles.
Torrential rain in February 2017 drastically cut their expected fruit yield, but taking it on the chin, as all good farmers must, they harvested the 4.0 tonnes in total that remained and produced their 2017 ‘Ahuriri Run’ Pinot Gris and 2017 ‘Greenman’ Pinot Noir.
In September, the vintage 2018 Pinot Noir will be bottled. Natalie says they can’t wait, but in the meantime, the very important decision of what to call it has to be made. Cross Hares may well be Banks Peninsula’s best kept secret, but with an increasing remote online sales presence, plus the projected launch of an onsite cellar door at year’s end, expect the name, just like those hares, to be crossing your path very soon.
Located at 7/1269 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Tai Tapu. For more information phone 027 724 3015 or email
Based on 34 acres in the Upper Awatere Valley next to the Black Birch Stream is one of New Zealand’s best boutique wine vineyards
A family affair, Peter and Jane Clark have fostered some stunning vintages with Simon Clark now leading the charge in creating something a little different every year for even the most critical wine aficionado to savour.
From pruning to bottling, he’s a little bit perfectionist, mostly an artist, bringing you something special; working with nature to connect, to understand and to envision and make possible the potential that each harvest brings; creating a wine that is truly powerful, authentic and vibrant. With their méthode traditionelle making waves, along with the riesling, the rose’, the pinot gris, sauvignon blanc or the pinot noir, there is something for even the most discerning palate.
The cellar door is your opportunity, if not visiting the vineyard in person, to grab a bottle or six on the way through Blenheim. It’s cosily set in the front courtyard of Dodson Street Beer Garden, so pop in for a complimentary taste of the award-winning wines, poured for you by one of the family members.
Open 4:30pm to 7:30pm Tuesday to Friday or by request. You can become acquainted with not only the wine, but also the family and its truly unique perspective on creating a wine that you’ll truly enjoy.