Vavasour’s vineyards are a little south and east in the Awatere Valley, where there has recently been extensive planting by other producers and where it is claimed to be drier without the high water table common to much of the plantings in the Wairau Valley. There are two ranges of wines from 30 ha of estate vineyards as well as grapes bought in under contract. Excellent Sauvignon shows a minerally, ripe fruit intensity and structure and depth matched by few other Marlborough examples. Tight but creamy Chardonnay and a relatively light but fresh, aromatic Riesling are also impressive. Pinot Noir, sourced from still relatively young Awatere vines and Wairau fruit has made real progress with impressive depth and weight.
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