Auntsfield is the home to Marlborough’s very first vineyard and winery which dates back to 1873. While other early settlers saw sheep, David Herd saw wine! He planted the first vines in the region and made a cheeky little Brown Muscat wine and this continued to be made at Auntsfield Estate for another 50 years until 1931.
Some 100 years later in 1973 Frank Yukich of Montana planted vines in the area and declared “Wines from here will become world famous.” Frank was bang on the money.
Brothers Luc and Ben Cowley are the second generation Cowleys to run the Auntsfield Estate family business and carry on the legacy of one of Marlborough and New Zealand wine’s most historically important sites. No pressure lads!
The original cellar door from 1973 has been lovingly restored and the remains of the original homestead still stand on site today.
This is the Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and it’s a classy example of what Marlborough does best. A powerful style with loads of texture and weight.
Scoring 5 Stars with Kiwi critic Michael Cooper who said “Estate-grown on the south side of the Wairau Valley, on the site where the region’s first wines were made in the 1870s, the 2022 vintage (5*) was fermented and lees-aged in stainless steel tanks. Pale lemon/green, it is a classy, vigorous wine with plenty of personality. Mouthfilling, it is very youthful, with concentrated, ripe, tropical fruit flavours. showing good complexity, lively acidity and a finely poised, lingering finish. Best drinking mid-2023+.”
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