Wines

Craic by Emerald Wines – 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

Pale lemon in colour. Passion fruit and lychee on the nose. These tropical flavours persist on the alongside subtle minerality and balanced with fine acidity.

Barrel fermented and aged 8 months in oak.

The fruit for this wine was grown by the Hunter Family at their home in the Wairau Valley. The 1.5 Ha vineyard which surrounds the family home was planted in 2009. The soil is free draining alluvial. Due to the stoneyness of this old river bed, there is a very low volume of soil. These challenging growing conditions are part of what drives the distinct nature Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Craic by Emerald Wines – 2019 Pinot Noir

Dark ruby in colour. Red and dark fruits, spice and tobacco on the nose. These aromas follow through onto the palette with rounded chalky tannins and a balanced acidity, giving the wine excellent length.

Single vineyard from the Mason Family vineyard in the Waihopai Valley. 30% percent whole bunch. Wild fermentation, spending three weeks on skins before pressing to Puncheon.

The Mason Family have farmed Avondale in the Waihopai Valley since 1948. Primarily beef and lamb farmers, the Mason’s planted their first block of Pinot Noir in 2008.

The Docking Block, where the fruit for our Pinot Noir and Rose is grown, was planted in 2016. 2019 was its first harvest. The vines face north west and are planted on clay loam soils over greywacke. 

Craic by Emerald Wines – 2019 Pinot Gris

In February 2020 this wine was place 4th and received 5 stars in Cuisine Magazine’s NZ Pinot Gris wine tasting. Click here to read more.

Bright amber in colour. Hints of grapefruit, elderflower and blood orange on the nose. This follows through to a lively textural palette. 

40 %of this wine was whole bunch fermented and and aged in barrel. The remainder was barrel fermented and aged for 6 months before blending together.

The fruit for this wine was grown by the Glover family in the lower Wairau. The Glover’s were some of the earliest winegrowers in Marlborough . They have been farming their vineyard on Ford and Mills Rd in the Wairau Valley since 1989. Pinot Gris was first planted at this site in 2015. The soil, derived from alluvial deposits, is a stoneless silty loam.

Craic by Emerald Wines – 2019 Rosé

Pale salmon in colour, candied strawberry on the nose with a touch of smooth creaminess, this follows through on the pallet but is juxtaposed against refined acidity.

Single vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé, barrel fermented and aged 3 months in oak.

Like our Pinot Noir, the fruit for this wine came from the Mason Family vineyard in the Waihopai Valley.

Without their commitment this wine would not be possible.

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