Brancott Estate Marlborough
Brancott Estate (formerly Montana) is New Zealand’s largest producer, responsible for a considerable amount of the country’s total output. Lion Brewing has now acquired the Corbans and Lindauer brands, which were originally owned by Pernod Ricard. The Brancott Estate volume comes from its Marlborough brands, which include consistently drinkable Chardonnay, Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Blanc with good varietal character. There are no silly prices here and the Letter series wines can add more sophistication, structure and concentration. Also made is a ‘T’ Pinot Noir, which shows promise but doesn’t yet rival Marlborough’s best. In addition to the more than 1,400ha of Marlborough vineyards including the Brancott Estate, there is also 300ha in the Awatere Valley. From these sites Awatere Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are also now released. The pinnacle Sauvignon Blanc released by the winery is the Brancott Estate Chosen Rows. In collaboration with DEUTZ (Champagne house), some of New Zealand’s best sparkling wines have also been made in Marlborough. A small range of well-established Stoneleigh varietals are also made under the Pernod Ricard umbrella as are the wines at Church Road in Hawkes Bay.
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