Situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka River are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Eight varieties of grapes over 320 acres producing premium quality fruit for Spy Valley Wines. Spy Valley is a colloquial name for Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley, derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring base. Our fertile, free draining stony soils result from successive flood events and glacial outwash deposits over the previous 10,000 years. Marlborough enjoys more sunshine hours than any other region of New Zealand, coupled with a young rich land we have perfect grape growing conditions. This allows Marlborough to produce some of the best wines in the world. At Spy Valley, emphasis on viticultural excellence creates wines that capture the essence of the environment and are classically Marlborough. Owning all our vineyards ensures total control of the winemaking process, true single vineyard estate production. Youthful, exuberant wines bursting with fruit flavour and aroma are crafted using modern winemaking techniques by our winemaker Alan McCorkindale, one of New Zealand's most experienced and a true expert at capturing the essence of the season. Supporting our commitment to the wine industry are the two thousand plus olive trees thriving in the hot Marlborough sun. Plantings of the Italian Frantoio, Minerva and Pendolino cultivars adorn the landscape considered too hard for grapes. The "hard ground" brings out the best in these trees with the first harvest yielding an impressive 20% extra virgin oil.
Pinot Noir is hand-harvested from vines in our Marlborough vineyard, gently separated from the stems and fermented in small, traditional open-top vats. These vats are hand-plunged to extract colour and tannin, and after pressing the wine is aged in French oak barrels. Fruit-driven in style with soft tannins and spicy ... more
Colour: Pale straw. Bouquet: An intense amalgam of limes, grapefruit, and underlying rich tropical fruit. Palate: An inviting and fine texture brings out the citrus and currant flavours of the wine. Pure fruit and vibrant acidity leave a sustained, dry finish. more
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