Marlborough touted as next big Pinot region

on 02/03/12 at 9:01 am

Wine

Marlborough is emerging as one of the most exciting regions to watch for New Zealand Pinot Noir, according to a number of the country’s top producers.

Steve Smith MW, founder of Craggy Range, believes the international thirst for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has lead to an interest in the region’s fledgling Pinots.

“Not many producers will admit this, but the success of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has opened the door for Marlborough Pinot Noir.

“Our challenge will be to ensure that the wines are not devalued by producers pushing a high volume, low margin approach,” he told the drinks business.

Boasting 42% of the country’s Pinot plantings, ahead of Central Otago’s 28%, Marlborough is fast becoming a serious Pinot player.

Displaying a bright, red-fruited style, the quality of Marlborough Pinot has improved dramatically in the past few years, bolstered by the strength of “brand” Marlborough.

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