Spy Valley Marlborough
This is a large Marlborough operation complete with winery, which stands out for the style of wines it produces at reasonably affordable prices. All the varietals show a fresh, exuberant character with good purity and intensity. This direct, expressive character contrasts with too many similarly priced Marlborough examples that suffer from being overly made, relying too much on yeasts, enzymes, sugar or oak. Nor are there any weak wines amongst those tasted below. The concentrated, stylish Gewürztraminer has to be the best ever produced in the region. The range also includes Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Rosé, Echelon Méthode Traditionelle sparkler and a number of late harvested whites. A number of wines are also now made under the Envoy label from single estate vineyards.
To find out more about Spy Valley and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide New Zealand..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines