Accolades

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 - 90 Points (#3 of 21)  Huon Hooke, April 2014

Very youthful, deep, bright purple/red colour. Dark cherry and spice aromas, fresh and bright and youthful. It's the same on palate: frisky and lively, bright and crisp, fresh and firm, but just a little clinical. More age may be of benefit. The tannins really are firm. It needs food.

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir 2011 - 90 Points (#4 of 21)  Huon Hooke, April 2014

Medium to deep red colour with purple tinges. The aroma shows soft dark cherry and plum aromas, with a gentle but definite lacing of oaky spice. It has quite an aromatic perfume. Bright and upright in the mouth, with firmness from tannin and acidity. It's lively and firm - almost a trifle tough. It demands food, and would take some age well.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 - 92 Points (#6 of 22)  Huon Hooke, April 2014

Very deep red/purple colour; youthful. The bouquet is earthy and autumnal, with some dried leaf aromas, starting to build some mellow complexity from development. Full in the mouth with ample savoury flavour and soft powdery tannins. Good length, too. A big, ripe, bold pinot with lots of everything and promising to cellar well.

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2012 - 92 Points (#9 of 26)  Huon Hooke, April 2014

Deepish red colour with a purple tint. sSmoky, toasty, spicy oak-driven bouquet with ripe, rich fruit and ample body. The texture is soft and smooth and rounded, a very tasty and accessible pinot which also has depth and aging potential. Rich, quite oak-marked style, but not out of balance. Very long and satisfying aftertaste.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2011 - 87 Points (#14 of 21)  Huon Hooke, April 2014

Deepish red colour with a strong purple tinge. Lots of smoky charred oak to sniff, and the palate is medium-bodied and firm with some persuasive tannins and a fair grip to finish with. This needs time, and may always be a little oak-heavy.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars - Spy Valley Single Vineyard Area H Lower Wairau Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013  Winestate Magazine, April 2014

Barrel-aged style with strong melon, lime and green capsicum flavours, a gentle seasoning of nutty oak and a crisp, tangy finish.   Strongly varietal wine, starting to develop good complexity.  $24

Spy Valley Area H - Sauvignon Blanc

4 1/2 Stars - Spy Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2013  Winestate Magazine, April 2014

Fragrant, mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with strong peach and citrus fruit flavours, barrel ferment complexity, and excellent delicacy, depth and harmony.  Immaculate, tightly structured wine, still youthful and great value.  $24 (A)

 

Spy Valley Chardonnay

5 Stars - Spy Valley Envoy Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013  Winestate Magazine, April 2014

Fleshy, full-bodied (14% alc/vol), beautifully poised wine, hand-picked and oak-fermented.   Strong, vibrant, peachy, citrusy, slightly spicy flavours, with a fine thread of acidity and a fractionally off-dry finish.  Generous, youthful wine, already approachable, that carries the dry style extremely well.  $31

Spy Valley Envoy Dry Riesling

4 1/2 Stars - Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle 2010  Winestate Magazine, April 2014

Distinctive, very pale straw wine, blended from hand-picked pinot noir (52%) and chardonnay (48%).  Fermented and aged for a year in old oak, bottled, and disgorged after 2 1Ž2 years on its yeast lees.  Impressively rich and complex, with deep, peachy, nutty flavours and a strongly yeasty, dry, long finish.  $40

Spy Valley Echelon

4 Stars - Spy Valley Marlborough Merlot/Malbec 2012  Winestate Magaine, April 2014

Dark, youthful blend of merlot (86%) and malbec (14%), French oak-aged.  ‘Full-on’ style, with concentrated, dark berry fruit flavours to the fore, slightly toasty, very fresh and brambly. Drink now or cellar.    $24 (UK)

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

5 Stars - Spy Valley ENVOY Gewurztraminer 2013  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, March 2014

Fruit from the original Alsace clones from ‘Johnson Vineyard G Block’, hand-picked and fermented in small oak to 13.5% alc. and 20 g/L RS. Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. This has an elegantly proportioned nose with an array of integrated aroma of exotic florals, honey, spices and savoury root ginger, that build in depth and intensity in the glass. Medium in sweetness, lively and bright, piquant flavours of rose-petal florals, spices, musk and ginger show on a smooth-flowing, unctuously-textured palate. The mouthfeel is soft, with ripe acidity providing good freshness and balance, enhancing the richness. The phenolic handling is excellent, combining with fine alcohol drive to carry the palate to a luscious, long and lingering finish of honey and ginger. This is an intensely flavoured, luscious and near unctuous, medium Gewurztraminer with ginger, honey and musky flavours. Serve with pate, semi hard cheeses and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4-5 years. 18.5+/20

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

5 Stars - Spy Valley ENVOY Dry Riesling 2013  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, March 2014

Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, pale on rim. The nose is intensely penetrating with aromas of ripe limes and lemons, along with subtly rich layers of exotic florals and honeysuckle, alongside mouth-watering wet stone and mineral nuances. Dry to taste, wonderfully clear lime fruit flavours unfold to reveal exotic jasmine florals, minerals and musk. The palate is intensely concentrated with real fruit extract and weight, and rounded in mouthfeel, becoming near-unctuous in flow. Excellent acid balance and a finely textured phenolic line provide cut and drive, leading to a dry, crisp and sustained finish. This is a concentrated dry Riesling with plenty of fruit extract, and exotic floral and musk flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the original plantings from the ‘Johnson Vineyard D Block’, hand-picked in 2 passes, WBP and fermented in oak to 14.0% alc. and 4.2 g/L RS, with TA 7.4 g/L and pH 3.1, the wine aged 8 months on light lees. 19.0/20

 

Spy Valley Envoy Dry Riesling

Ranked #1 in the Dish Top 12 Gewürztraminer, 5 Stars!  Dish Magazine, March 2014

From the very first whiff this wine leaps out of the glass and hollers ‘Hello!’ Classic, perfectly poised aromatics of exotic spices, ripe stonefruit and Turkish Delight. In the mouth it is beautifully balanced, elegant and “seamless in its texture” says Yvonne. “I also love the ripe, fresh fruit characters, which lead to powerful length and presence on the palate.” Andrew agreed: “It’s a very smart, clean wine that shows a great combination of richness and elegance.” Cameron was struck by its “lovely floral, varietal lift and palate feel” and “spice laden ripeness”. A standout wine from one of New Zealand’s most respected producers.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - Spy Valley Syrah 2011  Bob Campbell MW, March 2014

A mix of red berry, white pepper, herb and subtle floral flavours in this clearly cool climate Syrah. Fine, drying tannins and fresh acidity give the wine a drying finish although underlying sweet fruit eliminates any suggestion of pain.

Spy Valley Syrah

5 Stars - Spy Valley ENVOY Gewurztraminer 2013  Winestate Magazine Recent Releases May/June 2014 Issue, March 2014

Estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-picked and fermented in small oak vessels, this is classy stuff. Bright, light lemon/green, it is an enticingly perfumed and fleshy, medium style with concentrated stonefruit, spice and ginger flavours, showing lovely complexity and harmony. Delicious drinking from now onwards.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

4 1/2 Stars - Spy Valley ENVOY Chardonnay 2012  Winestate Magazine Recent Releases May/June 2014 Issue, March 2014

Tight, elegant wine, still very youthful. Estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley and barrel-aged for 18 months, it has mouthfilling body, deep grapefruit-like flavours, with hints of limes and nuts, a minerally streak and a long finish. Still a baby, it’s a classic cellaring style; open 2015+.

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

4 1/2 Stars - 2012 Spy Valley ENVOY Sauvignon Blanc  Winestate Magazine Recent Releases May/June 2014 Issue, March 2014

Tight, elegant and youthful. Mouthfilling body, with a complex bouquet and vibrant melon, grapefruit, lime and nut flavours, gently seasoned with oak. Very ageworthy wine, hand-picked and barrel-fermented.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 1/2 Stars - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2013  Winestate Magazine Recent Releases May/June 2014 Issue, March 2014

Exotically perfumed wine, full of personality. Rich, ripe and rounded, with substantial body (14% alc/vol) and a powerful surge of peach, ginger and spice flavours, dryish and very harmonious. Fine value.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4.5 Stars, Top 5 (No. 4) - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2013  Cuisine Magazine, March 2014

Always a strong player when it comes to gewurz, SpyValley’s latest effort is a flamboyant, perfumed extravaganza. Florals, spicy citrus notes and a touch of apricot lead the way in what is a lushly textured mouthful. The finish is long and fine. - See more at: http://cuisinewine.co.nz/wine/spy-valley-gewurztraminer-2013/#sthash.L5722sVL.dpuf

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

5 Stars, Top 10 (No. 6) - Spy Valley Envoy Marlborough Riesling 2010  Cuisine Magazine, March 2014

Envoy, Marlborough winery Spy Valley’s top label, is on-message. “This is the best example of this style with some age on it that I’ve tasted in a long time,” enthused John Belsham. It’s wonderfully rich, centred and spicy, with lime and mineral notes elegantly shrouded in toasty bottle-age characters. Serve it with a creamy blue cheese. - See more at: http://cuisinewine.co.nz/wine/spy-valley-envoy-marlborough-riesling-2010/#sthash.dO75qMqh.dpuf

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

4 Stars - Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2013  Cuisine Magazine, March 2014

“A crowd-pleaser and super food-friendly,” noted Cameron Douglas. It carries its sweetness  proudly, peachy notes overlaid with dried candied fruit flavours. A touch of barrel ferment adds roundness and textural finesse. Suggested match: calamari with toasted sesame seeds. - See more at: http://cuisinewine.co.nz/wine/spy-valley-pinot-gris-2013/#sthash.DRm1xim1.dpuf

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4.5 Stars, Top 5 - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2013  Cuisine Magazine, March 2014, February 2014

Always a strong player when it comes to gewurz, SpyValley’s latest effort is a flamboyant, perfumed extravaganza. Florals, spicy citrus notes and a touch of apricot lead the way in what is a lushly textured mouthful. The finish is long and fine.

4 Stars - Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2013  Cuisine Magazine, March 2014, February 2014

“A crowd-pleaser and super food-friendly,” noted Cameron Douglas. It carries its sweetness proudly, peachy notes overlaid with dried candied fruit flavours. A touch of barrel ferment adds roundness and textural finesse. Suggested match: calamari with toasted sesame seeds.

5 Stars, Top 10 - 2010 Spy Valley Envoy Riesling  Cuisine Magazine, March 2014, February 2014

Envoy, Marlborough winery Spy Valley’s top label, is on-message. “This is the best example of this style with some age on it that I’ve tasted in a long time,” enthused John Belsham. It’s wonderfully rich, centred and spicy, with lime and mineral notes elegantly shrouded in toasty bottle-age characters. Serve it with a creamy blue cheese.

5 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

It is tight and elegant, with subtle grapefruit and peach flavours, slightly buttery and nutty notes adding complexity, and excellent delicacy and length. A youthful, thought-provoking wine that builds well across the palate, it should be long-lived; open mid-2014+

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

5 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Envoy Gewurztraminer  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

Estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley and hand-harvested from 19-year-old vines at nearly 26 brix, the 2012 vintage was fermented in small oak vessels. It's a distinctly medium style (32 grams/litre of residual sugar), with a fragrant, complex, inviting bouquet. Mouthfilling, it is rich yet delicate, with peachy, well-spiced flavours, excellent complexity on the palate and lovely depth and harmony. Delicious now; best drinking 2014+

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - Spy Valley Chardonnay 2012  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

An elegant, youthful wine, it has fresh, peachy, citrusy flavours, slightly buttery and toasty, with lively acidity and very good depth and drive through the palate. Best drinking mid-2014+

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 1/2 Stars - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

The 2011 vintage fermented in large oak barrels ('foudres'), is rich and rounded, with sweet-fruit delights and strong peach, melon and spice flavours, showing excellent delicacy and harmony. A medium style (29 grams/litre of residual sugar) with considerable complexity, it's a drink-now or cellaring proposition

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

4 1/2 Stars - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

A refined, youthful red, it has strong, vibrant, plummy, spicy flavours, with well-integrated oak, fine-grained tannins and a sustained finish. Fresh and concentrated, it has obvious cellaring potential

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

4 Stars - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

Still very youthful, the 2011 vintage is a powerful, ripe style, estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley and barrel-aged for 18 months. Full-coloured and sturdy, it has strong plum and spice flavours, a hint of liquorice, and a tight finish. Best 2015+

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

4 Stars - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2012  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

The 2012 vintage was hand-picked at sites in the Southern Valleys and barrel-aged for a year. Still very youthful, it has a slightly 'funky' bouquet, with mouthfilling body, deep cherry, plum and slight herb flavours, fresh acidity and good complexity. Open 2015+

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars - Spy Valley Riesling 2012  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

The 2012 vintage is an off-dry style (6 grams/litre of residual sugar), handled mostly in tanks, with some use of barrel fermentation. Ripely scented and fleshy, with crisp lemon/lime flavours and ripe, stone-fruit notes, it's already very open and expressive

Spy Valley Riesling

4 1/2 Stars - 2012 Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

Bright light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and dry (2.1 grams/litre of residual sugar), with grapefruit, lime and slight nut flavours that linger well. An elegant, subtle style, it is tautly structured, with good complexity and obvious potential; open mid-2014+

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

Always a good buy. The 2013 vintage is a tight, crisp, very youthful wine, grown in the Wairau Valley and made with 'a portion' of barrel fermentation. Light lemon/green, it has ripe, sweet-fruit characters, vibrant passionfruit/lime flavours, showing good intensity, and a dry (2.1 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

5 Stars - 2010 Spy Valley Envoy Riesling  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

Beautifully scented, the 2010 vintage is a single-vineyard wine, estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley. Light (7 per cent alcohol) and sweet (88 grams/litre of residual sugar), it is highly concentrated, with fresh, very pure and delicate flavours, citrusy, limey and spicy. Starting to develop bottle-aged complexity, it's a very seductive wine; drink now or cellar

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

4 Stars - 2012 Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Gris  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

Light gold, it is fleshy, with peachy, gingery, spicy, honeyed flavours, showing good complexity, and excellent depth and harmony. Drink now or cellar.

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Gris

4 1/2 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Iced Sauvignon Blanc  Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014, February 2014

Light green-gold, there's no mistaking the variety, with slightly grassy aromas leading into a rich, peachy, sweet wine with hints of apricots, good complexity and a slightly oily richness. Drink now onwards.

Spy Valley Iced Sauvignon Blanc

90 Points - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013  Wine & Spirits Magazine - USA, February 2014

Juicy and clean, this is bright and floral, more tart, vegetal and mineral than sweet and ripe. Refreshing. 

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

92 Points - 2010 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris  huonHooke.com, January 2014

Medium to full, bright yellow colour. Lots of cooked fruit aromas, poached peach and apricot, echoed on the opulent ripe palate where it's full, rich and sweetly smooth. The residual sugar level is high. It's almost a dessert-style wine. Quite well-balanced, though. Delicious.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

4 Stars - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2013  Bob Campbell MW, January 2014

Lovely mouth-filling wine with pineapple, potpourri, rose petal and star anise flavours. Even better than the strong varietal signature is the wine’s rich, creamy texture. Long and lingering - very seductive. 90 Points

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2012  Bob Campbell MW, January 2014

This is a consistently good Gewurztraminer year after year at a price that makes it exceptionally good value. Concentrated wine with strong varietal flavours of rose petal, pot pourri and some lychee. Made in an off/dry style this is a versatile food wine or may be served as an aperitif. 89 Points

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013  Bob Campbell MW, January 2014

Attractively weighty and moderately concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with ripe guava, passion fruit, nectarine and a suggestion of lemon grass. Nice purity, good texture and a moderately lengthy finish.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

93 Points - 2012 Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  huonHooke.com, January 2014

Bright, light to medium yellow colour, with a definite oak influence adding a toasty, cedary note to the bouquet. The palate is very intense and alive with richness and dimension. The oak is very present, but the concentrated varietal fruit is more than equal to the task. High acid carries it all along well. An impressive, lovely wine.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

90 Points - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir  winefrontnz.com, January 2014

Plenty of oak – vanilla, cedar, spice – red and black fruit. Wine made, showy style featuring a ripe sweep of tannin, mixed berry fruit, toasty char and a firm finish of good length. Oak drags a little in the aftertaste. Gary Walsh

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

93 Points - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  winefrontnz.com, January 2014

Liberal use of oak – cedar and spice – mixed berry fruit, clear direct acidity, fine grained tannin – shapely and well controlled. Attractive ‘minerally’ elements and plenty of length. Raspberry freshness in the aftertaste. Gary Walsh

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

91 Points - 2010 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris  winefrontnz.com, January 2014

Cumquat, pineapple, tropical richness. Sweet style with plenty of sugar, tinned fruit flavours, candied pineapple and fresh acid cut. A dessert style but doing it well. Some slight Disprin flavours here. Like it. Unctuous and interesting. Gary Walsh

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

5 Stars - 2012 Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2014

Hand-picked Bordeaux clone fruit from 75% ‘River’ block and 25% ‘E Block’, fermented in various oak vessels to 13.5% alc. and 2.1 g/L RS, the wine aged 11 months on oak on lees with partial MLF. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on edge. The nose is elegant and fresh with intensely expressed aromas of nectarines, greengages and fresh herbs along with subtle spicy, nutty oak notes, and cooler spectrum gooseberry and nettle-like fruit suggestions, all harmoniously entwined. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, tightly concentrated and intensely penetrating flavours of nectarines and green stonefruits form a well-packed core. Spicy oak elements add layers of detail and support the fruit, providing the palate with weight, fine textures and depth. The flavours are vibrant and the mouthfeel is fresh with great vitality and tension, from racy and brisk, biting acidity. The acidity and fine phenolics carry the powerful flavours to a very long, linear, dry finish. This is a very fresh and vibrantly racy, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with intensely concentrated flavours and detailing. Match with seafood and herb-marinated poultry dishes over the next 3+ years. 18.5+/20 Jan 2014

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

5 Stars - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2014

Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light, green-gold hues. The bouquet is softly aromatic with a beautiful juxtaposition of delicate white and yellow stonefruits with honeysuckle, beside fresh mineral and steely notes, combining richness and freshness. Medium-sweet to taste and medium-full bodied, bright, lively fruit flavours of stonefruits meld with ripe pears and honey. The palate builds in richness and lusciousness, becoming softly rounded and unctuous. This has good power and drive, and the flavours flow smoothly along a creamy, integrated line, with restrained acidity providing sufficient energy and freshness. The palate leads to a soft-textured and plush finish with excellent presence. This is a lush, near unctuous, rich, medium-sweet Pinot Gris with ripe fruit and balancing freshness. Serve with mildly spicy Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. Fruit from original plantings on the ‘C Block’ of Johnson Estate, hand-picked on first signs of raisining, and fermented in small oak foudres to 13.5% alc. and 29 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 months on lees. 19.0-/20 Jan 2014

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

5 Stars - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2014

Clones 5, 6 and 115 from two blocks, mid-slope from the ‘Outpost’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Very dark ruby-red colour with a deep heart and some youthful purple hues on edge. The bouquet is soft and full with brooding dark red and black berry fruit aromas, along with savoury dried herb whole cluster notes, earth and oak spices, and game-like elements. Medium-full bodied, flavours of sour dark cherries and dark red berry fruit intermingle with dark, earthy herbs and earth. The mouthfeel is vigorous and robust with up-front acidity and grainy tannin extraction featuring. Spicy oak notes and fruit sweetness unfold and add layers of interest. The palate is carried by the structure and acidity to a fulsome, textural, and lingering finish. This is a robust, structured and savoury Pinot Noir with good acid drive. Match with mushroom-influenced dishes and game meat over the next 6-8+ years. 18.5-/20 Jan 2014

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

5 Stars - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2014

Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues. This has a very elegant and finely aromatic nose with spicy red berry fruits seamlessly entwined with red floral fragrances. Delicate oak and herb nuances add detail and interest. The bouquet is quite harmonious and complete. Medium-full bodied, bright and fragrant cherry and raspberry fruit feature on the palate with very fine oak spicing and fresh, underlying acidity providing drive and energy. The mouthfeel is racy and fine-textured with refined tannin extraction underlining the flavours. Layers of spices, liquorice and oak emerge from the tight and elegant core and carry through to a very long-lingering sweet and lacy finish. This is a beautiful aromatic Pinot Noir with layers of red fruits, florals and spices, and a racy, fine-grained mouthfeel. Match with poultry and pork over the next 6-8 years. Clone 10/5 fruit from the company’s oldest vines, from ‘F Block’, hand-picked and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in oak. 19.0-/20 Jan 2014

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

5 stars - 2010 Spy Valley Envoy Riesling  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2014

Fruit from the oldest plantings in ‘D Block’ of Johnson Estate, hand-picked in one pass, WBP and fermented in oak to 7.0% alc. and 88 g/L RS, with TA 9.4 g/L and 2.89 pH, the wine aged 4 months on lees. Bright, even, very pale straw, near colourless on edge. This has a very intense and tightly bound nose of piquant lemonade and mineral aromas infused with a subtle thread of toastiness, the bouquet positively refined and mouthwatering. Medium –sweet to sweet to taste, intense and tightly concentrated flavours of lemonade and minerals are laced with delicate toasty notes. The mouthfeel is crisp with steely, near-searing and cutting acidity that carries the palate with a racy slipperiness. Fruit extract is a feature and the fine phenolic handling has provided a driven linearity and grip that balances the sweetness, carrying the flavours to a very long and sustained, zesty finish. This is a very tightly concentrated sweet Riesling with lemonade and mineral flavours and cutting acidity that is beginning to show some toasty complexity. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 5-6 years. 18.5/20 Jan 2014

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

4 Stars - 2012 Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Gris  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2014

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with depth, lighter on rim. The bouquet is full and solidly packed with fresh, ripe yellow stonefruit aromas harmoniously infused with pears, honey and the subtlest hint of spices. Sweet to taste, rich and upfront, mouthfilling flavours of yellow stonefruits, pears and honey with a little nuttiness is the feature on the palate. The mouthfeel is soft, rounded and near-unctuous, very smooth-flowing with restrained acidity. This hints at decadence with tropical fruit and exotic elements unfolding from the deep core. The flavours carry through to a soft, lush finish with honied notes and fine acid balance. This is a softly rich and near unctuous late-picked Pinot Gris with smooth textures and honied pear flavours. Match with baked desserts over the next 4+ years. ‘Lincoln-Berrysmith’ clone from 0.2 ha, in the ‘Top Terrace’ of the ‘Outpost’ vineyard, picked on 27 June, the fruit well-shrivelled at 29°Brix with no botrytis, fermented in an old barrique to 12.5% alc. and 82 g/L RS. 225 Litres produced. (375 ml) 18.0+/20 Jan 2014

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Gris

5 Stars/96 Points - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris  Gourmet Traveller Wine - Dec/Jan 2014, January 2014

Top 12 Tasted & Rated NZ Pinot Gris

“Spy Valley’s flagship label is produced from grapes grown on rich, mineral-laden soils. Grapes are selected from the best clones grown in Spy Valley’s original vineyard. The fruit is hand-picked and fermented in oak barrels before being matured for seven months on lees prior to bottling. Luscious pinot gris that gives a nod in the direction of Alsace with appealing honeysuckle, orange blossom, pear, peach and star anise flavours. Moderately sweet but beautifully balanced. A great match for mildly spicy foods or to enjoy as an aperitif."

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

4 Stars - Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2013  Bob Campbell MW, January 2014

Strong, fruit-focused Pinot Gris with bright pear, honeysuckle and quince together with a seasoning of nutty yeast lees character adding extra complexity. Medium/dry wine that achieves a good balance of subtle sweetness with acidity and fine tannins to give a drying finish. 88 Points

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

90 Points - 2012 Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Bob Campbell MW, January 2014

Concentrated, flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc with passion fruit, nectarine, red capsicum and a suggestion of nutty yeast lees character. A rich and complex wine showing good varietal character with impressive complexity. 90 Points

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

90 Points - 10 Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay  Huon Hooke, January 2014

Light to medium colour, with a restrained, faintly apricot-like aroma. It's smooth, rich, glossy-textured and full-bodied. The palate is sweet-fruited and round, with nicely harmonised acidity and good length. A touch of heat from the fairly high alcohol lingers. Good, and developing slowly.

 

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

4 1/2 Stars - Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2013  Winestate Magazine Recent Releases March/April 2014, December 2013

Delicious young. Full-bodied, finely textured and harmonious wine, partly barrel-fermented, with generous, peachy, spicy, slightly honeyed flavours, a sliver of sweetness, and fresh acidity keeping things lively.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 1/2 Stars - Spy Valley Riesling 2013  Winestate Magazine Recent Releases March/April 2014, December 2013

Instantly appealing, full-bodied, dryish wine with rich, citrusy, limey flavours, hints of spices and passionfruit, and appetising acidity. Very fresh and lively, with good weight and intensity.

Spy Valley Riesling

96 Points - 2010 Spy Valley Envoy Riesling  Huon Hooke, December 2013

Very light, bright, greenish yellow hue. The aroma is fantastically intense and bright, with searing fresh honey, mineral and lime leaf aromas: a great bouquet. The taste is equally good: fresh and bright, with honeyed complexity and juicy citrusy fruit, and off-dry level of sweetness underpinned by seamless acidity, the whole thing gliding effortlessly along the palate to a clean, satisfying yet refreshing finish. Gorgeous stuff.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

88 Points - 2012 Spy Valley Envoy Gewurztraminer  huonHooke.com, December 2013

Light to medium yellow colour. Peach nectar and vaguely herbal aromas, with a trace of parsley. It's very sweet. A pristine, attractive, well-made gewurz, but the question is whether you enjoy that much residual sugar. I find it slightly unbalanced. It's a wine to serve with pate or foie gras.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

4.5 Stars - Spy Valley "Free Range" Riesling 2013  Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier, December 2013

Distinctive sweet and baked apple bouquet with a lees-like edgyness and dry stone mineral layer.

Off-dry with lots of texture and flavor; medium+ acidity, noticeable residual sugar, lemon pith, apple and stony flavors; plenty of acidity too which will keep this wine ageing gracefully for another 2 - 4 years yet. Very Good indeed. Balanced, medium++ length and medium complexity.

Spy Valley Free Range - Riesling

2013 Spy Valley Single Vineyard "Free Range" Riesling  The New Zealand Herald - John Hawkesby, December 2013

Marlborough's Spy Valley can always be relied on for well-made wines at competitive prices.

This is one of those "hands-off" styles with low alcohol (9 per cent) and is medium-sweet, which means it is likely to have broad appeal. Aromas of orange zest, hazelnut and petals leap out from the bottle and the naturally high acid balances the low alcohol and sweetness. Some mineral and earth notes gently counter the citrus and stone fruit flavours. This is great with spicy dishes and there is limited availability at cellar door.

Spy Valley Free Range - Riesling

4.9 Stars - Spy Valley Area H Sauvignon Blanc 2013  Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier, December 2013

Spy Valley wines always display an extra layer of complexity - whether it be from the soil or wine making this is captured well in nearly all of their wines; This wine seems to display an alien intervention with a dry stone minerality laced with fragrant herbacousness and a gentle leesy edgyness; there's plenty of fruit intensity here as well lemon, gooseberry and tropical flavors; great balance and crisp on the finish.

Spy Valley Area H - Sauvignon Blanc

91+ Points - 2012 Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  eRobertparker.com Reviews, November 2013

The 2012 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc presents aromas of pink grapefruit, lemon curd and cedar intermingled with passion fruit and green mango hints. Tightly wound and very tart in the mouth, it shows a great concentration of flavors and acid tension before finishing with very good length. Approachable now, it should drink to 2017+.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

92+ Points - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir  eRobertparker.com Reviews, November 2013

Pale to medium ruby-purple-colored, the 2011 Envoy Pinot Noir opens with aromas of kirsch, preserved cranberries and raspberry coulis dotted with nuances of violets, rose petals, dried leaves and cinnamon. The palate is bursting with loads of red berry and perfumed, spicy flavors and is nicely supported by medium level, finely grained tannins and exuberant acidity before finishing long and layered. Drink it now to 2017+. 

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

PURE GOLD MEDAL - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013  Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013, November 2013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

BLUE GOLD AWARD - Spy Valley Chardonnay 2012  2014 Sydney International Wine Competition, November 2013

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Winestate Magazine, November 2013

Elegant, youthful wine, hand-picked and barrel-fermented. Fresh, peachy, citrusy flavours, slightly buttery and toasty, with lively acidity and very good depth and drive through the palate. Best mid-2014+.

 

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Winestate Magazine, November 2013

Deeply coloured red from sites in the Southern Valleys, with a slightly ‘funky’ bouquet. Still a baby, with mouthfilling body, deep cherry, plum and slight herb flavours, fresh acidity and good complexity. Open 2015+.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars - 13 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Winestate Magazine, November 2013

Tight, crisp, very youthful wine, grown in the Wairau Valley and made with ‘a portion’ of barrel fermentation. Light lemon/green, with ripe, sweet-fruit characters and vibrant passionfruit/lime flavours, showing good intensity. Best 2014+.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

3 & 1/2 Stars - 13 Spy Valley Rose  Winestate Magazine, November 2013

Pale pink, full-bodied wine, made with ‘subtle oak influences’. Fresh strawberry, peach and spice flavours, showing a touch of complexity, and a dry finish. A good ‘food’ wine.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose

4 STARS, 90 POINTS - Spy Valley Area H Sauvignon Blanc 2013  Bob Campbell Wine Reviews, November 2013

Selection from a newly acquired vineyard. The grapes were whole bunch pressed before being partly fermented and matured in oak barriques for a few months. Grapefruit, passion fruit, gooseberry and red capsicum flavours supported by tangy acidity. The wine has impressive weight and texture.

Spy Valley Area H - Sauvignon Blanc

Pure Silver Medal - Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec 2012  Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013, November 2013

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

Silver Medal - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2012  Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013, November 2013

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012  Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013, November 2013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Gold - Spy Valley Riesling 2012  14th Canberra Riesling Challenge, October 2013

Spy Valley Riesling

5 Stars/96 Points - 11 Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Gourmet Traveller Wine, October 2013

uses barrel-fermentation to bring complexity and body to one of its elite range. Bennie explained "some may say it's more chardonnay-like as it has richness, density and power, but a thread of acidity keeps the wine fresh. Struck match, funky aromas and a touch of caramel - an interesting expression of sauvignon blanc." Suited to full-flavoured dishes and it will gain more lemon curd complexity over a couple of years.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars/91 Points - 12 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Gourmet Traveller Wine, October 2013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

5 Stars/95 Points - 2011 Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  Gourmet Traveller Wine, October 2013

Concentrated and quite succulent pinot with Black Doris plum, dark cherry and spicy oak flavours. A fruit bomb style but well structured with ripe tannins to prevent any suggestion of cloying. Accessible now but should age nicely.

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

Gold Medal/Top 50 - Spy Valley Merlot Malbec 2011  New World Wine Awards 2013, September 2013

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

Champion White Wine - Spy Valley Chardonnay 2012  New World Wine Awards 2013, September 2013

Ripe concentrated stonefruit balanced by savoury oak. A lovely textural and elegant palate with a long clean finish, ideal with grilled salmon.

Spy Valley Chardonnay

96 Points - 11 Outpost Envoy Pinot Noir  Tyson Stelzer, Winepress, September 2013

Spy Valley’s Envoy has marked out a benchmark for Marlborough pinot noir for no fewer than seven vintages, but its Outpost vineyard has only been bottled separately a few times, and such is its rarity that I’ve never seen it outside NZ. It projects a remarkably elegant rose hip and understated exotic spice demeanour for a pinot of no less than 14.5% alcohol. There’s no heat or jamminess here, rather a pure and honed style of great persistence and confident, finely poised, mineral tannins that call for a decade to come into their own. Look out for this label in New Zealand.

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

96 Points - 10 Envoy Pinot Noir  Tyson Stelzer, Winepress, September 2013

Envoy is the child of a single block of Spy Valley’s oldest pinot noir vines, and tends to land at the fuller-bodied end of the Marlborough spectrum. It delivers impressive black cherry and violet fragrance in 2010, with refreshing lift for a pinot of 14.5% alcohol. The palate is built on wonderfully mineral tannin depth, considerable drive and enduring persistence of liquorice and spice flavour. A Marlborough pinot of considerable longevity.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

94 Points - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Tyson Stelzer, Winepress, September 2013

Vine age has been a key driver of the rise of Marlborough pinot noir in recent years. Spy Valley ranks among the best producers in the region, having first planted the variety more than twenty years ago, and even its youngest vines were ten years of age in 2011. This infuses an elegant, mineral tannin profile and impressive persistence, focus and purity of rose hip, red cherry, mixed spice and anise. 

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

91 Points - 12 Spy Valley Riesling  Tyson Stelzer, Winepress, September 2013

There’s a primary purity to this enticing, earlier-drinking style, with a lick of sweetness played carefully to offset its soft acidity rather than adding any impression of sweetness to the palate. Delightfully pristine granny smith apple, lime blossom and kaffir lime are highlighted with appealingly juicy white peach and fleshy pear accents. 

Spy Valley Riesling

92 Points - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Tyson Stelzer, Winepress, September 2013

Spy Valley has been circling at an ever-higher orbit with each passing year, this year reaching all new levels of control and balance. Firm, finely structured tannins provide a rigid chassis for long-lingering, deep black fruits.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

18/20 & 4 Stars - 13 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Raymond Chan (www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz), September 2013

Brilliant, deep, straw-yellow colour with pale green hues on rim. The nose is fresh and gently voluminous with ripe passionfruit aromas along with limes, white florals and mouthwatering minerally elements at the core. Dry to taste, elegantly presented, luscious flavours of passionfruit are enlivened by bright, juicy acidity. There are lime, tropical fruit and gooseberry notes intermingling with mineral and chalky elements forming a very fine-textured line. The mouthfeel is soft with poise between raciness and dryness. Thirst-quenching acidity underlines the palate flow and carries the restrained, pungent fruit to a very long, dry, delicately grainy finish. This is an elegant and fine-featured Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit flavours and mouthwatering mineral notes. Serve with seafood, poultry, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years.  Fruit from estate and contract growers, fermented with a portion in barrels to 13.0% alc. and 2.1 g/L RS

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - 13 Spy Valley Rose  Raymond Chan (www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz), September 2013

Bright, soft, pale salmon pink colour, light on edge. The bouquet is fresh, with shy and delicate aromas of red florals and strawberries, lifted and with subtle perfumes.  Dry to taste, this is very finely concentrated on palate with tightly bound, restrained flavours of strawberries and roses. The mouthfeel is fresh and crisp with a firm linearity, moderated by soft textures and slippery, racy, mouthwatering acidity. The wine builds in presence and the flavours blossom on the finish, unfolding gentle waves of floral interest. This is a delicately flavoured, racy rosé that grows in floral and strawberry interest. Serve as an aperitif or with Asian fare over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir from the Southern Valleys, partially fermented in barrel to 13.5% alc. and 2.6 g/L RS.  

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose

18+/20 & 4 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Raymond Chan (www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz), September 2013

Fruit from the ‘Johnson Estate’, ‘Outpost’ vineyard and growers in the Southern Valleys, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in barrel. Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, very youthful in appearance. This has a firm and concentrated nose with densely packed aromas of ripe dark berry fruit along with subtle hints of dark plums, spices and oak and red liquorice notes, revealing red florals and savoury herb elements. Medium-full bodied, a core of concentrated and complex flavours of ripe dark berry fruits and plums, spicy oak and savoury herbs show with a spicy lusciousness. The palate is soft-textured with fine, supple tannin extraction, underlined by lacy acidity. The flavours flow with liveliness to a long and sustained finish unfolding liquorice, spice and smoky notes. This is sweet and lush Pinot Noir with concentrated, spicy plum flavours and a fine-textured, fresh mouthfeel. Match with pork, lamb and Mediterranean cuisine over the next5-6 years.  

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, www.bobswinereviews.com, August 2013

Flavoursome, scented Pinot Noir with a mix of dark and red fruits plus a suggestion of floral and spice flavours. Nicely balanced with fine tannins giving a pleasantly drying finish.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars - 11 Envoy Pinot Noir  Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, www.bobswinereviews.com, August 2013

Ripe, fleshy Pinot Noir with plum, cherry, dark berry and spicy oak flavours. Full-flavoured and quite gutsy wine with a firm, drying finish. Needs a little time to mellow and develop even greater complexity. 

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

5 Stars, 93 Points - 11 Envoy 'Outpost' Pinot Noir  Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, www.bobswinereviews.com, August 2013

Concentrated and quite succulent Pinot Noir with Black Doris plum, dark cherry and spicy oak flavours. Quite a fruit bomb style but nicely structured with ripe tannins to prevent any suggestion of cloying. Accessible now but should age well.

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

One of the finest in NZ - 11 Envoy Riesling  Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail, August 2013

Epic, soaring flavours in this tremendous dry Riesling make it one of the finest in New Zealand. Envoy is Spy Valley’s top label and every element of this wine is world class. Treat yourself to a very accomplished match to grouse or any other decadent chicken or fish dish.

 

NZ's best reds - 11 Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec  Bob Campbell, Taste Magazine, August 2013

"Rich, fruity red with plum, red currant and a hint of chocolate. Flavoursome and appealing red with sweet fruit balanced by crisp acidity and fine, ripe tannins. Accessible now but should develop well, at least in the medium term. It's terrific value at this price."

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

93 Points - Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc 2011  huonHooke.com, July 2013

Bright, medium yellow colour. intensely nutty, strong oak-influenced aroma, with very ripe, tropical sauvignon fruit as well. A rich, complex, heavily worked wine with concentrated flavour and great power and persistence.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

NZ's Top Pinot Noirs: 95 Points - 10 Envoy Pinot Noir  Jamie Goode (wineanorak.com), July 2013

95 Points: From the top of a terrace in the Waihopai, this is from Spy Valley's oldest vines, clone 10 x 5, planted in 1992. Lovely perfumed nose showing fresh black cherry fruit with some spiciness. The palate is supple, rounded and elegant with nice structure and an attractive savoury, spicy edge. Just brilliant. 95/100

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

'Highly Recommended / 90 Points' - 11 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  NZ Sauvignon Blanc - Decanter Magazine, July 2013

"Sweet brioche on the nose, toasty, slight perfume and a hint of smoky-bacon crisps. A lingering texture that evolves on the palate with caramelised pears and creme anglaise. This goes on and on and on and has great ageing potential." Drink: 2013-2019. Alc 13.5%

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

DOUBLE GOLD Medal - 12 Spy Valley Riesling  San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013, July 2013

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013, July 2013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Wine of the Week - 12 Spy Valley Riesling  Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - The Weekly Wine Commentary, Volume XVII, Issue 20, June 2013

Most New Zealand Rieslings typically are slightly to noticeably sweet, so this came as a shock. The aroma is dead-on varietal with traces of quince, lime and a wild spice note that reminds me of orange blossoms. The shock is the taste: less than 6 grams of sugar means the wine is really dry, though there is a bit of succulence from the sugar. A superb wine that would benefit from the word “dry” appearing on the front label. Best with food.

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013, June 2013

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013, June 2013

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars - 12 Envoy Gewurztraminer  Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews, June 2013

Rich lemon. Bouquet is sweet, ripe, floral, exotic, and freshly-opened tending too perfumed. It benefits from decanting to reveal ginger-influenced spicy lychee, grapefruit and stonefruit aromas and flavours, good body, sweetness above medium, long flavoured. Cellar 3 – 10 years.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

95 Points // 5 Stars - 10 Envoy Pinot Noir  Top 100 New Releases, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, June 2013

Fragrant, aromatic with appealing floral, red cherry and spice flavours underpinned by classy oak. It has a silken texture and lingering, drying finish. Seductive sweet fruit adds appeal, although the wine is certainly not a fruit bomb style.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

Top of its class - Spy Valley Envoy Gewurztraminer 2012  The Press, Christchurch, May 2013

"A glorious example of this wonderful variety. If you have never a "spicy" then I urge you to have a go and you would be hard pressed to find a better one than this. Rich and weighty in the mouth with soft acidity and oozing with citrus, spice and lychee, it's a "must take" to a Chinese or Thai restaurant - and a fine partner with pungent cheese." Graham Stringer

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

Gold Medal - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Decanter World Wine Awards 2013, May 2013

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Decanter World Wine Awards 2013, May 2013

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  International Wine Challenge, UK, 2013, May 2013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  International Wine Challenge, UK, 2013, May 2013

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Silver Medal - 2011 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Sommelier Wine Awards, UK, 2013, May 2013

'A great balance between sweet, ripe aromatics and acidity,' said Matthew Cocks of Cubitt House, adding 'This has typical Gewürz rose and spice aromatics without being overpowering.' 'This has a a beautiful Turkish Delight/rosewater nose and a nice texture,' said York & Albany's Nigel Lister.

 

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Gold Medal - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Sommelier Wine Awards, UK, 2013, May 2013

Intense of flavour, elegant in structure, and moreish in appeal, Spy Valley captured the judges' hearts. 'Black fruit compote mixes with smoky, glowing embers on the nose, while the palate is nicely layered with bright fruit and a nicely extended finish,' said team leader Angela Reddin. 'Quite firm oak, lots of dark cherry, grip and juicy fruit. A polished wine,' said team leader Simon Woods.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Gold Medal - 11 Spy Valley Pinor Noir Rose  Sommelier Wine Awards, UK, 2013, May 2013

Stylish and expressive, complex and textured, this has a lovely smoky, flinty minerality. 'Pale pink with mineral notes on the nose. With its strawberry and peach flavours, this is very fresh and well made,' said Sara Bachiorri of The Glasshouse Restaurant. ‘This has enough substance and character to enjoy throughout the year, and to carry you through to a first course,' said Charles Young of Vinoteca.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose

Buy'er and Cellar - 12 Envoy Gewürztraminer  Fashion Quarterly Entertaining - Emma Jenkins, May 2013

Lush but finely tuned with plenty of the heady exoticism that makes gewurztraminer so appealing, plus crisp acidity and lovely fruit weight. Will convert non-believers and further enchant the converted.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Iced Sauvignon Blanc  Bob Campbell's Wine Reviews, April 2013

"Hand-picked grapes were frozen to -22 C before being pressed to retrieve a very concentrated, syrupy juice. The result is a very sweet and moderately luscious wine with concentrated passion fruit flavours. Sweetness is nicely balanced with fine acidity. Excellent value at this price." Bob Campbell

Spy Valley Iced Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars & 91 Points - 12 Envoy Outpost Pinot Gris  Bob Campbell's Wine Reviews, April 2013

"Moderately sweet Pinot Gris with appealing spiciness adding extra interest to honeyed botrytis and dried pear flavours. More of an Alsace-style vendange tardive wine with higher alcohol and more vinority than is usual. Complex and stylish wine." Bob Campbell

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Gris

4 Stars & 91 Points - 10 Envoy Chardonnay  Bob Campbell's Wine Reviews, April 2013

"Ripe, concentrated citrus and tree fruit flavours with a seasoning of sizzled butter, subtle oak and nutty lees characters. Complex wine with plenty of weight and richness. Stylish Chardonnay that's highly recommended." Bob Campbell

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

96 Points // 5 Stars - 12 Envoy Gewürztraminer  Top 12 NZ Gewürztraminers, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, Bob Campbell, April 2013

Made from five different French and German clones selected for their spice and intensity. Hand-picked grapes, including a percentage of botrytis-affected berries, were fermented in small oak barrels. Rich and appealing gewurztraminer in a very Alsace style with great concentration and a welcome seasoning of spices. Layered and complex, it has 38 grams of residual sugar per litre but an impeccable balance of acidity and sweetness. Extraordinary power and length.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

Gold Medal - 12 Spy Valley Riesling  Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, 2013, March 2013

Spy Valley Riesling

Gold Medal - 12 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, 2013, March 2013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, 2013, March 2013

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 1/2 Stars - 11 Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  Winestate Magazine, March 2013

Refined, youthful red, estate-grown and hand-picked in the Omaka Valley and barrel-aged for 18 months. Strong, vibrant, plummy, spicy flavours, with well-integrated oak, fine-grained tannins and a sustained finish. Fresh and concentrated, with obvious cellaring potential.

4 Stars - 11 Envoy Pinot Noir  Winestate Magazine, March 2013

Powerful, ripe style, still very youthful, estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley. Full-coloured and sturdy, with strong plum and spice flavours, a hint of licorice, and a tight finish. Best 2015+.

 

5 Stars - 12 Envoy Gewurztraminer  Winestate Magazine, March 2013

5 Stars: "Very 'complete' and harmonious wine, with an invitingly fragrant and complex bouquet. Full-bodied, peachy and well spiced, with excellent delicacy and richness. Already drinking well."

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

4 1/2 Stars - 09 Envoy Riesling  Winestate Magazine, March 2013

"Finely scented, lively wine, still youthful. Light-bodied (8% alc/vol), with good freshness and intensity and a long, gently sweet (69 grams/litre of residual sugar), mouth-wateringly crisp and racy finish."

 

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

5 Stars - 11 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Winestate Magazine, March 2013

"Fleshy, rich style, estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley and fermented and lees-aged for nine months in barrels. Fragrant, complex bouquet and real power and 'drive' on the palate, with deep tropical fruit and nut flavours, tight, slightly minerally and long."

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

5 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Winestate Magazine, March 2013

5 Stars: "Very refined, vibrantly fruity wine, citrusy and slightly creamy, with a subtle seasoning of oak (fully barrel-fermented) and a hint of 'burnt match' on the nose. Tightly structured and minerally, with good potential. Outstanding value."

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Winestate Magazine, March 2013

4 Stars: "Fleshy, with ripe lychee and spice flavours, fresh and strong, a hint of Turkish delight and a gently sweet, smooth, rich finish."

 

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Riesling  Winestate Magazine, March 2013

4 Stars: "Ripely scented and fleshy, with crisp lemon/lime flavours, ripe stone fruit notes and an off-dry finish. Already very open and expressive."

Spy Valley Riesling

Gold Medal - 11 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Easter Show Wine Awards 2013, February 2013

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Gold Medal - 11 Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec  Easter Wine Show Awards 2013, February 2013

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Easter Wine Show Awards 2013, February 2013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Riesling  Easter Wine Show Awards 2013, February 2013

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Easter Wine Show Awards 2013, February 2013

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

5 Stars - 12 Envoy Gewurztraminer  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, February 2013

5 Stars "The bouquet is softly full and densely concentrated with warm aromas of stone fruit kernels, perfumed musk, exotic fruits and ginger with rose petal nuances in the background. Medium in sweetness and full-bodied, a smooth and seamless texture is the feature on the palate. Rich and luscious flavours of exotic fruits, creaming soda and musk build, resulting in an oily and unctuous mouthfeel. Though the acidity is soft, this has real presence and drive, and the palate flows to a powerful and long finish with superbly integrated flavours and rich componentry that exudes exotic floral and spice nuances. This is an outstanding, seamlessly smooth and rich Gewürztraminer to serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, or with a variety of moderately firm cheeses over the next 4-5+ years."

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

5 Stars - 10 Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2013

5 Stars: "Dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is vigorous and intense with aromas of ripe dark red berry fruits lifted with dark red and violet florals and spice notes from balance laking. Medium-full bodied, the palate features ripe dark raspberry flavours and dark floral violetty elements with hints of plums and oak spices. The flavours are supported by very fine and supple tannins in the background and flow seamlessly, filling the mouth and follow a very refined palate line. A little alcohol warmth adds to the fruit sweetness and warm, smooth textures, and is carried to a very long, sustained finish with a violet, plum and spice melange. This is a supple Pinot Noir with rich red fruits, florals and spice flavours that are seamlessly integrated. Serve with roasted duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6+ years."

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

5 Stars - 09 Envoy Chardonnay  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2013

5 Stars: "Bright, even straw-yellow colour, pale on edge. This has a powerfully rich nose of citrus and peach fruit with a complex overlay of creamy, buttery, nutty MLF and oak aromas that unfold revealing smoke, toast and flinty minerals. Full-bodied, but elegantly proportioned, a complext flavour amalgam of citrus fruits, butterscotch, nuts and toast fills the palate, and is supported by an underlying alcohol drive with fine acid cut. The mouthfeel has a soft robustness and fulsome presence, and detailed nuances of nutty, oxidative elements emerge with smoke and toast that carry through to a long, dry finish. This is a fulsome and complex flavoured Chardonnay featuring citrus, cream and nutty flavours. Match with roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ years."

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

5 Stars - 09 Envoy Riesling  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2013

5 Stars: "Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is very finely intense and penetrating with a complex combination of lime and lemon fruit with secondary hoeny, toast, a little kerosene and nuances of minerals and the seaside. Medium in sweetness, the palate features bright, racy and crispy acidity driving a cutting line and providing a zesty mouthfeel. The flavours of mineral-infused citrus fruit are entwined lush honied notes and piquant toast elements. Very fine in texture, the fruit flows smoothly, enlivened by the acidity, which carries through to a richness and raciness. Serve as an aperitif and with grilled shellfish over the next 4-5 years."

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

5 Stars - 10 Envoy Pinot Gris  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2013

5 Stars: "Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, pale on rim. Initially tight, the bouquet is intensely packed with aromas of yellow florals, pear, honey and minerals that exude a subtle decadence. Medium in sweetness and full in weight, ripe and lush flavours of yellow stone fruits, honey and a hint of caramel are harmoniously entwined and show excellent presence, enhanced somewhat by warm alcohol generosity and power. Soft and oily in mouthfeel, and restrained in acidity, there is an underlying phenolic line that carries the flavours and richness to a sustained, rounded finish. This is a full and powerful, but smooth, rich and lush Pinot Gris to match pates, rich Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine and semi-hard cheeses over the next 3-5 years."

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

5 Stars - 11 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2013

5 Stars: "Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. The nose is tightly bound and powerfully concentrated with aromas of nectarines and greengages, along with mouthwatering notes of limes and blackcurrants. The oak is very integral, adding a layer of spice. Dry to taste, intense and penetrating flavours of greengages and stone fruits unfold layers of fresh dark herbs, citrus fruits and minerals. Spices and oak are interwoven, and the palate line is very finely concentrated, with excellent tension and freshness from the acidity. The flavours lead to a very long, fine-textured and dry finish. This is a classical, oak-influenced, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc that will be a match with herb-marinated poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years."

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2013

4 Stars: "Very dark, deep, near saturated, purple-hued black-red colour. An amalgam of primary, dark raspberry, boysenberry fruit aromas intermingle with ripe blackcurrants and nuances of dark herbs on the nose. Medium-bodied, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavours form a juicy core. Notes of dark herbs and oak spices emerge, adding interest on the palate. Soft textures from supple tannins and moderate extraction underline the fruit, providing drive and linearity. The tannins build in firmness and lead the dark fruit flavours to a fine-grained, dry finish with good length. This is a supple, finely textured Merlot-based wine showing the influence of fruity, spicy Malbec. Serve with pizza, barbecued food and casseroles over the next 4+ years."

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

3 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Rose  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews , January 2013

3 Stars: "Soft, pale pink colour, lighter on rim. This has a delicate nose of strawberries and red florals lifted with gentle fermentation esters and nuances of confectionary and the faintest hints of fresh herbs. Dry to taste and elegantly proportioned, gentle, lifted and subtly sweet flavours of red berry fruits, florals and bon-bins are based on a soft and fine-textured palate. The wine flows smoothly and seamlessly, with discreet acid freshness and the flavours are carried to a light, moderately sustained finish with notes of strawberry. This is a soft and gentle rose with attractive strawberry flavours. Serve on a sunny day with antipasto over the next 18 months."

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose

4 Stars - 09 Echelon  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2013

4 Stars: "Bright pale straw-yellow colour, lively and steely aromas of yellow stonefruit showing Pinot Noir, slong with restrained bread yeast and nutty autolytic notes adding interest. Very dry, fine-featured and tightly bound, the palate has a sauvage austerity with flavours of white stonefruits, chalky minerally elements and subtle yeasty notes. The acidity is in harmony, adding a mouthwatering aspect to a finely textured palate line which carries through to a dry finish with yeast and bread notes. This is a dry and tightly concentrated methode traditionelle to serve as an aperitif, or to accompany shellfish over the next 3-4 years."

Spy Valley Echelon

4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Syrah  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

Hand-picked at 26 brix from the 'warmest vineyard block', fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 18 months in French oak casks, the 2010 vintage is a strapping red (15 percent alcohol), muscular yet supple. Deeply coloured, with dense plum, spice and slight liquorice flavours, it's a drink-now or cellaring proposition.

Spy Valley Syrah

5 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

The 2011 vintage is a great buy. Beautifully scented, generous and savoury, it was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and barrel-aged for nine months. Deep ruby, moutfilling and supple, with sweet-fruit delights, strong, ripe cherry/plum flavours and a hint of dried herbs, it is complex and finely textured with a powerful presence.

 

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 1/2 Stars - 10 Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

From hill-grown vines in the Omaka Valley, the 2010 vintage was matured for 18 months in French oak casks. Deep and youthful in colour, it is floral and mouth filling, with rich, ripe plum, cherry and slight liquorice flavours, fresh acidity and a tightly structured, finely poised finish. It's an elegant, age-worthy wine, likely to be at its best in 2014+.

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

5 Stars - 10 Envoy Pinot Noir  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

A top vintage, the 2010 is an enticingly fragrant, very generous and sweet-fruited red, estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, barrel-aged for 18 months (French, 28 percent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Silky-textured and savoury, it has beautifully ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, rich and harmonious

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

4 1/2 Stars - 10 Envoy Noble Riesling  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

The 2010 vintage is bright, light lemon/green, with a richly botrytised bouquet. It's an elegant sweet wine with citrusy, honeyed flavours, a hint of marmalade, and strong drink-young appeal.

Spy Valley Envoy Noble Riesling

5 Stars - 11 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

Estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, the 2011 vintage was hand-harvested from the oldest vines, and fermented and lees-aged for nine months in French oak barrels. The bouquet is fragrant and complex; the palate is fleshy, rich and dry. A tightly structured, unusually complex wine, slightly minerally and nutty, with a powerful presence, it's very age-worthy; drink now or cellar.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

The 2012 is full-bodied and fresh, with strong peach, lychee and spice flavours, and slightly gingery notes. It's an intensely varietal wine, ripely perfumed.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

5 Stars - 11 Envoy Gewurztraminer  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

The powerful 2011 vintage was estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-harvested and fermented in small oak vessels. The bouquet is richly spicy; the palate is substantial (14.5 percent alcohol), with gentle sweetness, an oily texture and highly concentrated stone-fruit, ginger and spice flavours.

4 1/2 Stars - 09 Envoy Chardonnay  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

This distinguished wine is estate grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged in French oak barriques (mostly seasoned) for up to 18 months. The 2009 vintage is still tight and youthful. Barrel-fermented and lees-aged for 18 months, it is vibrant, with deep grapefruit-like flavours, slightly mealy and toasty, fresh acidity and a finely scented bouquet. It should be long-lived.

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

BEST White Wine Buy of the Year - 11 Spy Valley Chardonnay  2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

The bouquet is highly fragrant; the palate is fresh and finely poised, with strong, ripe citrus-fruit and peach flavours, hints of nuts and butterscotch adding complexity, good acidity and a long, harmonious finish. At $22.95, it's a steal - and if you visit the winery cellar door you can snap it up for $19.95. 

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 1/2 Stars - 09 Envoy Pinot Noir  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2013

The 2009 vintage (4 & ½ Stars) was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (60 per cent new). Estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, it is deeply coloured and very mouthfilling (14.5 per cent alcohol), with deep cherry/plum flavours, finely integrated oak, and a rich, rounded finish. It’s a powerful, but very graceful and youthful wine; open 2013+.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

4 Stars & 87 Points - 09 Envoy Chardonnay  bobswinereviews.com, January 2013

Intense and powerful Chardonnay with strong mineral, white peach, grapefruit, toast, and roasted nut flavours. The wine has had plenty of oak maturation with oak tannins helping to promote a drying finish. Bold wine that needs a touch more finesse although that may well develop with further bottle age.

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

Pure Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Riesling  2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, November 2012

Spy Valley Riesling

Pure Gold Medal - 12 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, November 2012

"A lovely Alsace rendition displaying superb concentration, rich texture and balance, together with citrus, stone fruit and a touch of savoury notes. A little different but very delicious."

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Highly Commended - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, November 2012

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Blue-Gold Award - 12 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, November 2012

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Blue-Gold Award - 11 Spy Valley Riesling  Sydney International Wine Competition, 2012, November 2012

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2012, November 2012

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

TOP 10 - 12 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Oyster Riot - Old Ebitt Grill, November 2012

The Riot is the celebration of the winners of the International Wines for Oysters Competition. During the Competition, wines entered from all over the world will be sampled with raw oysters by a notable panel of judges made up of wine- and oyster-lovers from the fields of politics, medicine, journalism and food. Each year a field in excess of 400 wines is narrowed through several rounds of blind tastings with the top 10 gold medal winners being announced and poured at The Riot.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

90 Points - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  eRobertParker.com, November 2012

“reveals a ruby-purple color and aromas of warm strawberries, macerated cranberries and red cherries with a hint of forest floor. Medium bodied with mouth-filling red berry flavors, it is well supported by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long and a little spicy. Drink it now through 2015+.”

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

90 Points - 10 Spy Valley Riesling  eRobertParker.com, November 2012

“pronounced notes of lime zest, kumquats, lemon juice and fresh grapefruit with nuances of coriander seed and frangipani. Light bodied and refreshingly crisp in the mouth, it has a medium-dry level of sweetness and very good concentration of citrus flavors, finishing long and a little chalky. Delicious now, it should evolve gracefully and drink to 2016+.”

Spy Valley Riesling

90 Points - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  eRobertParker.com, November 2012

“lovely perfume of honeysuckle, peach blossom, warm apple slices and spiced pears with hints of coriander seed and aniseed. Full bodied with a notable touch of residual sugar (10.5 grams per liter) it has a seductively silken texture, refreshing acidity and a long finish. Drinking now, it should remain fresh through 2013.”

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

91 Points - 09 Envoy Riesling  eRobertParker.com, November 2012

“a fully sweet, lower alcohol style (8% declared alcohol). It gives pronounced aromas of lime leaves, lemon grass and green apples over straw, honeysuckle and mandarin peel plus a whiff of musk. Light bodied, sweet and with a good line of refreshing acidity, it has a pleasant earthy / musky character on the palate suggesting some botrytis, finishing long and citrusy. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2017+.”

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

91 Points - 12 Spy Valley Riesling  Tyson Stelzer - Winepress, November 2012

There’s a primary purity to this enticing, earlier-drinking style, with a lick of sweetness played carefully to offset its soft acidity rather than adding any impression of sweetness to the palate. Delightfully pristine granny smith apple, lime blossom and kaffir lime are highlighted with appealingly juicy white peach and fleshy pear accents.

 

Spy Valley Riesling

4 1/2 Stars - 10 Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  Winestate Magazine, November 2012

An interesting, rich, ruby red wine – very tasty with an abundance of bright varietal fruit, well matched by some nicely handled oak and an attractive, overall earthiness.

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

5 Stars / 93 Points - 11 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Bob Campbell Wine Reviews, November 2012

Aromatic, richly-textured Sauvignon Blanc with impressive weight and mouth feel. Quite a complex wine showing gooseberry, capsicum, stone fruit/nectarine and mineral characters. A class act.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars - 12 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Bob Campbell Wine Reviews, November 2012

Moderately concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with appealing fruit sweetness adding weight and length. It's restrained by fruity acidity to give a pleasantly drying finish. Crunchy sugar snap pea and capsicum flavours with an influence of passionfruit. This is an "A" division wine at a "B" division price.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  International Wine & Spirit Competition 2011, November 2012

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

TOP 10 NZ Riesling / 5 Stars - 09 Envoy Riesling  Dish Magazine, October 2012

Sourced from fruit grown in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley, this three year old wine is already showing deliciously developed oatcake and wet stone aromatics, combined with refreshing, succulent citrus and green apple notes on the finish. “A rich, well-balanced wine,” commented James Rowan, “And really textural,” added Jane.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2012, October 2012

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Silver Medal - 12 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2012, October 2012

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

TOP NZ Sauvignon Blanc / 95 Points - 11 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Tyson Stelzer - Winepress, October 2012

"Marlborough is coming of age when it comes to chardonnay and pinot noir, and names like Envoy are leading the way. Envoy sauvignon has clearly been assembled with the craftsmanship of Envoy chardonnay and pinot – a level of focus often missing in Marlborough sauvignon. Oak fermented and aged for nine months on lees, there’s a backdrop here of classy oak spice, roast nuts and vanilla, impaled by a gleaming spear of lemon juice acidity that harpoons the palate and careers long through the finish. Its primary fruit triumphs over any oak influence, maintaining a seamless harmony in the midst of the maelstrom, infused with incredible energy and perseverance that will underline a lifespan like Marlborough sauvignon has perhaps never known." Tyson Stelzer

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

89 Points - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate, eRobertParker.com , October 2012

Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Pinot Noir presents aromas of black raspberries and black cherries with hints of cloves, cinnamon stick and chocolate. Medium bodied with plenty of expressive red and black berry flavors on the palate, it has a medium level of grainy tannins, lively acid and a long clove laced finish. Drinking nicely now, it should keep to 2015+.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

89+ Points - 11 Spy Valley Riesling  Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate, eRobertParker.com , October 2012

The 2011 Riesling presents lime cordial and lemon pastille notes with hints of grapefruit peel and beeswax. Light bodied and made to an off-dry style (8.9 grams per liter of residual sugar). it has great tension in the mouth and a long zesty finish. Drink it now to 2017+.

Spy Valley Riesling

91+ Points - 10 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, eRobertParker.com, October 2012

Fermented in French oak barrels and aged on lees for 12 months, the 2010 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc is scented of fresh grapefruit, lime juice and yuzu with hints of baker’s yeast and coriander seed. Crisp, clean and medium bodied, the citrus flavors are developing gracefully on the palate complimented by a subtle silkiness to the texture and finishing long. Drinking very well now, it should continue to cellar through 2015+.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

92+ Points - 10 Envoy Pinot Noir  Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, eRobertParker.com, October 2012

The 2010 Envoy Pinot Noir was matured in oak for 18 months, 28% new. Pale ruby-purple in color, it gives expressive notes of black cherries, mulberries and red currants with hints of underbrush, anise, toast and loam. Full bodied and generously fruited in the mouth, the concentrated flavors are well supported by a medium level of grainy tannins and lively acid, which gives lift through the long finish. Still very youthful, enjoy it now to 2018+.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

93 Points - 10 Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate & eRobertParker.com, October 2012

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

TOP 10 NZ Pinot Noir & 18/20 - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Decanter Magazine, September 2012

2010 Spy Valley Pinot Noir: Seamless with concentrated dark plum, cherry and berry fruit flavours supported by smoky oak. Silken-textured wine with good weight and richness.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Shy but sweet - 10 Envoy Pinot Gris  The Press, Christchurch, September 2012

A shy bouquet was immediately forgotten when the lush fruit swept onto the plush palate. This is a very good pinot gris with masses of character, well balanced by a little sweetness. Good as an aperitif and even better with food.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

Gold Medal - 12 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  New Zealand International Wine Show 2012, September 2012

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Top 50 / Gold Medal - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  New World Wine Competition 2012, September 2012

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Gold Medal - 10 Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec  Speigelau International Wine Competition 2012, September 2012

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

Gold Medal - 11 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2012, September 2012

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Gold Medal - 12 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2012, September 2012

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

5 Stars -- 11 Spy Valley Riesling  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, September 2012

100% Riesling from the ‘Johnson Estate’ fermented to 12.5% alc. and 8.9 g/L rs, a portion in seasoned oak.  Bright, light lemon-straw yellow with green hues, this has a softly fresh bouquet of lime fruit, yellow florals, with notes of sherbet and honey.  Dry to taste, the palate has concentrated flavours of limes with hints of honey, sherbet and perfumed talc characters, the richness balanced by crisp acidity, resulting in soft, and very fine textures which lead to a sustained, dry, minerally finish.  This is a dry and finely textured Riesling with an intriguingly rich array of aromatics and flavours that is drinking well already.  The wine will match Asian cuisine over the next 4-5+ years.  18.5-/20  

Spy Valley Riesling

4 1/2 Stars - 10 Envoy Pinot Noir  Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, August 2012

Nose: An intense bouquet of New World fruits including dark cherry, Raspberry and a little plum all laced with brown spice suggestions from barrel fermentation and ageing in oak. Moderate complexity, it youthful and very new-worldly. Palate: Dry and firm with youthful fine tannins (mostly fine from skin contact). The oak is not far behind adding complexity and hints of brown spices. A youthful plum list reminds me this wine is still in development and will age for a further 3 to 6 years if not more.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

4 Stars / 89 Points - 08 Envoy Riesling  Bob Campbell, August 2012

A rich, luscious and apparently botrytis affected wine that's made in an Alsace Vendange Tardive style. Complex, concentrated wine with lush honey, apricot and other tree fruit flavours supported by fruity acidity. An excellent buy at this price.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

5 Stars / 93 Points - 10 Envoy Noble Riesling  Bob Campbell, August 2012

Intense, luscious wine showing a strong honeyed botrytis influence. Rich and unctuous wine with a super-smooth texture. Layers of exotic fruits, spice and musk. Very impressive.

Spy Valley Envoy Noble Riesling

BEST BUY / 4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec  Cuisine Magazine, August 2012

This seems a bigger, more luxurious Spy Valley than previous vintages. Mellow and complex with intense blueberry, spice and fruitcake aromas, an earthy hint of the farmyard, and a plush, smooth palate. Summed up by John Belsham as having a "come and get me" personality.

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

89 Points - 11 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Magazine - Daily Wine Pick, May 2012

“Infused with ripe, peach, pear and guava flavours, this is smooth and refreshing, ripe and juicy. Spicy finish. Drink now”

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

5 Stars - 10 Envoy Pinot Noir  Winestate Magazine, May 2012

"Enticingly fragrant, very generous and sweet-fruited red, estate grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, barrel-aged for 18 months (French, 28% new) and bottled unfined and unfiltered.  Silky-textured and savoury, with beautifully ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, rich and harmonious.  A top vintage".

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Decanter World Wine Awards 2012, May 2012

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Riesling  Decanter World Wine Awards 2012, May 2012

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Decanter World Wine Awards 2012, May 2012

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Decanter World Wine Awards 2012, May 2012

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Decanter World Wine Awards 2012, May 2012

Spy Valley Chardonnay

5 Stars / 93 Points - 10 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, April 2012

"A complex, barrel-fermented and oak-matured wine that shows plenty of savoury yeast and oak influence. The result is a powerful and (for Marlborough) fairly distinctive Sauvignon Blanc with wonderful textural qualities and length".

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

5 Stars / 93 Points - 10 Envoy Pinot Gris  Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, April 2012

"Medium style pinot gris in an Alsace-like vendange tardive style, with an appealing spicy finish that's rare to find in wines from this country. It's smooth-textured and very long, with a layer of exotic fruit flavours"

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

5 Stars / 96 Points - 11 Envoy Gewürztraminer  Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, April 2012

"This was made from at least five different Alsace German clones grown on stony ground that tends to produce wines of great price and intensity.  The grapes were hand-picked and fermented in small oak barrels...It is rich concentrated gewurztraminer in an Alsace style.  Layers of floral, tree fruit and exotic spice flavours truly impress.  It's a powerful wine, with a lingering finish that won't quit".

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

4 1/2 Stars - 10 Envoy Pinot Gris  Winestate Magazine, March 2012

Estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, this barrel-fermented wine is a medium style (31 grams/litre of residual sugar.) Delicious now, it is full-bodied, with concentrated, ripe stonefruit, lychee and spice flavours, showing excellent delicacy and harmony, a subtle seasoning of oak, and a rich, soft finish.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

5 Stars - 10 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Winestate Magazine, March 2012

A sauvignon blanc to ponder over. Estate-grown and hand-harvested in the Waihopai Valley, it was fermented and lees-aged for a year in French oak casks. Mouthfilling, slightly creamy and complex, it is tight and elegant, with ripely herbaceous flavours, finely poised, minerally and long. Best mid-2012+.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Winestate Magazine, March 2012

A top vintage. Slightly biscuity, creamy bouquet. Mouthfilling body and strong, citrusy, mealy, buttery flavours, with firm acid spine and a tight finish. Good now, or cellar.

Spy Valley Chardonnay

BEST BUY, TOP 5, 5 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Cuisine Magazine, March 2012

Producing great gewurztraminer is a Spy Valley specialty.  Simon Nunns dubbed this new release the "Jeremy Clarkson wine...power, power, power".  Offering attractive musky notes and a svelte, soft texture, it is made in a high-impact style.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec  Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2012, February 2012

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2012, February 2012

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2012, February 2012

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Gold Medal - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2012, February 2012

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Top 12 Sparkling - 08 Echelon  Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, February 2012

Spy Valley Echelon

4 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Rose  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

‘Guaranteed to enhance a romantic evening for two’, the 2011 vintage (4 Stars) is a pale pink Marlborough wine, delicious from the start. It has strong, vibrant strawberry and spice flavours, with a hint of apricot, slight sweetness (6 grams/litre of residual sugar), and excellent freshness, delicacy and harmony.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose

4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Riesling  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

The 2010 vintage (4 Stars) is an off-dry style, hand-harvested and handled mostly in tanks, with some use of barrel fermentation. Mouthfilling (13 per cent alcohol), it has good intensity of citrusy, slightly limey and spicy flavours, crisp, tight and lingering. Drink now or cellar.

Spy Valley Riesling

4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

The 2010 vintage (4 Stars) was hand-picked at 23.5–26.7 brix, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for eight months in French oak casks. Youthful, fruit-packed and supple, with substantial body and strong plum/spice flavours, delicately seasoned with oak, it is deliciously smooth, with plenty of potential.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 1/2 Stars - 10 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

Estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley, the 2010 vintage (4 & ½ Stars) was hand-picked from the oldest vines, and fermented and lees-aged for a year in French oak barrels. Drinking well now, but still developing, it is fragrant, rich and creamy, with an obvious oak influence, coupled with concentrated, ripe tropical-fruit flavours. A wine of real substance, it is complex and well worth cellaring; open mid-2012+.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 1/2 Stars - 08 Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

More ‘feminine’ and ‘funky’ than its Envoy stablemate from the same season, the 2008 vintage (4 & ½ Stars) was sourced from hill-grown vines in the Omaka Valley (5 kilometres from the Waihopai Valley estate vineyard), and French oak-matured for 18 months. Full ruby, it is mouthfilling and youthful, with fresh, vibrant cherry and spice flavours, showing good concentration, and some ‘forest floor’ notes adding complexity.

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

4 1/2 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

A generous wine with strong personality, the 2010 vintage (4 & ½ Stars) is a great buy. Harvested at 23.3 to 26.5 brix and partly fermented in old oak casks, it’s a medium-dry style (10.5 grams/litre of residual sugar), fleshy and forward, with good concentration of ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, a slightly oily texture and a rich, rounded finish.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

The 2011 (4 Stars) is full-bodied (14.5 per cent alcohol) and finely scented, with fresh, peachy, citrusy, spicy flavours, showing good concentration and balance. Drink now or cellar.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

Estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley, this wine is consistently impressive. The 2011 vintage (4 Stars) was harvested at 23.4 to 25.2 brix and partly fermented in seasoned oak barrels. Slightly sweet (12 grams/litre of residual sugar), it is an exotically perfumed, full-bodied wine with gentle acidity and loads of spicy, slightly gingery flavour.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 1/2 Stars - 10 Envoy Pinot Gris  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

The 2010 (4 & ½ Stars), barrel-fermented and made in a medium style (31 grams/litre of residual sugar). Delicious now, it is mouthfilling and harmonious, with ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, a very subtle seasoning of oak, and excellent richness, complexity and roundness.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

4 1/2 Stars - 09 Envoy Pinot Gris  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

The 2009 vintage (4 & ½ Stars) was estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley and fermented and lees-aged in large German oak ovals and old French barriques. It’s a fleshy, soft wine with soaring alcohol (14.8 per cent) and very ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, showing some oak complexity. A beautifully harmonious wine, it is finely textured and rich, with a very rounded finish.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

5 Stars - 09 Envoy Gewurztraminer  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

The outstanding 2009 vintage (5 Stars) was estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-harvested at 25.6 to 27.8 brix, and fermented in small oak vessels. A distinctly medium style (26 grams/litre of residual sugar), it is fleshy and soft, with ripe aromas and flavours of peaches, pears and spices, showing lovely harmony, complexity and richness.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

4 1/2 Stars - 08 Envoy Chardonnay  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

The 2008 vintage (4 & ½ Stars) is enticingly fragrant, fleshy, creamy and soft, with strong, ripe, peachy flavours, showing good complexity.

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

5 Stars - 07 Envoy Chardonnay  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

The 2007 (5 Stars) is very classy – fragrant, citrusy and slightly creamy, with lovely harmony, a fine thread of acidity and a long finish (retasted in 2011, it’s maturing superbly).

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

4 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

"Always a good buy. The 2011 vintage, tank-fermented, is mouthfilling, with slightly ‘sweaty’ aromas. It has strong, ripe tropical-fruit flavours to the fore, with a herbal undercurrent, and excellent vigour, freshness and intensity."

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - 08 Echelon  2012 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, January 2012

“Crisp and bone-dry (2 grams/litre of residual sugar), lively and yeasty, it’s an elegant wine with citrusy, nutty flavours, showing excellent delicacy and complexity.”

Spy Valley Echelon

Blue-Gold Award - 11 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, December 2011

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

92 Points - 09 Envoy Pinot Noir  eRobertParker.com, December 2011

“medium-deep ruby-purple color. It offers notes of warm black cherries, black raspberries and mulberries with nuances of cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, chocolate and cedar plus a whiff of oolong tea. Full bodied and concentrated in the mouth, the taut, muscular fruit is structured with fine tannins and crisp acid. The finish is long and a little cedary. Though approachable now, it should drink best 2012 to 2017+.”

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

90 Points - 10 Envoy Pinot Gris  eRobertParker.com, December 2011

“reveals wonderfully expressive notes of ripe apricots, jasmine, pear juice, guava and mandarin peel with a whiff of allspice. The full bodied palate offers a fairly sweet style (31 grams per liter of residual sugar) with crisp, enlivening acidity, great concentration and a long finish. Drink this one now to 2014.”

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

91 Points - 09 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  eRobertParker.com, December 2011

“pronounced notes of ripe lemons, grapefruit and yuzu zest with nuances of cedar, fresh peaches and chalk dust plus a whiff of sage. Medium bodied with superb concentration and a great vein of crisp acidity, it finishes long and layered. Delicious now, it should develop gracefully, cellaring to 2015+.”

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars / 89 Points - 08 Echelon  Bob Campbell, December 2011

Fresh and fairly fruit-focused wine with hints of tree fruits and citrus plus a seasoning of appealing bready flavours. Silken-textured and moderately lengthy. Classy bubbles.

Spy Valley Echelon

89 Points - 11 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  eRobertParker.com, December 2011

"Intensely scented of freshly chopped herbs, lime zest and kumquat with hints of lemon tart and gooseberry. Medium bodied, it offers a very good concentration of citrus and herbal flavors with great balance and a long refreshing finish. Drinking now, it should keep to 2014."

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

TROPHY - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, November 2011

It's elegant and subtle on the nose, yet sweet-scented and peristent with floral, mango and pear notes.  The palate is ripe and ample with a beautifully textured finish.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Pure Gold Medal - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, November 2011

"The wine exhibits classic pinot elegance and discreet power with ripe cherry, game & spice flavours leading to an impressively long finish by fine, firm tannins".

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Pure Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, November 2011

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Top 100 & Blue-Gold Award - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, November 2011

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 11 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  International Wine & Spirits Competition 2011, November 2011

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - Best in Class - 11 Spy Valley Riesling  International Wine & Spirits Competition 2011, November 2011

"Light lemony yellow colour. Lemon Sherbet aromas, a flick of anise and lime juice on the nose. Bright, sassy palate with hints of stem ginger, lemon/lime concentration at the core, giving a delicacy and precision that is exceptional. A very lovely wine." 

Spy Valley Riesling

4 Stars - Spy Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011  www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, September 2011

Very bright, pale straw-yellow with some youthful green hues, this has a full, voluminous, softly presented nose with aromas of ripe gooseberries and nectarines along with notes of tropical fruits that unfold in the glass.  Dry to taste, this is a rich, lush and fulsome wine with succulent and up-front passionfruit and gooseberry flavours.  The palate is mouthfilling with soft textures, but has lively acidity for vibrancy.  The wine retains a stylish proportion and plenty of tension to enable matching with Mediterranean fare over the next 2+ years.  Fruit from ‘Johnson Estate' and contract growers fermented to 13.5% alc. and 3.0 g/L rs.  18.0+/20  Sep 2011

 

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2011  www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, September 2011

100% Pinot Noir from the Southern Valleys, fermented in oak and stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 6.2 g/L. Very pale pink with delicate purple hues to the colour. The bouquet shows soft red-berry and fresh redcurrant aromas with a little confectionary lift. Dry, crisp and refreshing, there are light, flavours of strawberries and redcurrants, with melon notes. The palate has good weight and presence, and a fine textural thread provides good line, underscored by crisp acidity. Subtle fruit flavours linger on the dry finish. A subtle-fruited, dry rosé with the vinosity to match with antipasto as well as serving as an aperitif over the next 2 years. 17.5/20 Sep 2011

 

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose

4 Stars - Spy Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2010  www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, September 2011

Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon hues and a pale edge. This has a very fresh, intense and concentrated nose of mealy citrus fruits, nectarines along with toasty oak, still tightly bound and youthfully sleek. Medium-full bodied, this has concentrated flavours of citrus fruit, mealy-nutty fruit and oak amalgam all underscored by crisp and racy acidity. The textures are very fine, the barrel-ferment creaminess balanced by the steel and edginess from the acid. A long finish with citrus and toasty notes completes the palate. 6 clones of Chardonnay from ‘Johnson Estate' and the ‘Outpost' vineyard fully barrel-fermented, partly with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc. and aged on lees for 12 months with partial MLF. Serve with grilled seafood and roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. 17.5+/20 Sep 2011

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars / 87 Points - 08 Envoy Dry Riesling  Bob Campbell, September 2011

Dry Riesling with flinty, mineral, lime and floral flavours plus a suggestion of tree fruits. Quite a complex wine with taut yet fruity acidity helping drive the flavours to a lingering finish.

Spy Valley Envoy Dry Riesling

5 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, September 2011

Bright straw-yellow colour with lemony hues and a pale edge, this has a voluminous nose with subtly intense aromas of ripe pears and white stonefruits along with pear and nuts.  Off-dry to taste, the soft, rich and unctuous texture and weight combined with well-ripened flavours of pears and tropical fruits feature, as does the fresh acid balance which lifts the fruit expression.  At present, a little alcohol heat intrudes on the finish, but this may integrate as the wine becomes richer with time in bottle.  100% Pinot Gris from ‘Johnson Estate’ and contract growers, fermented to 14.5% alc. and 9.6 g/L, a portion in old oak, with some MLF conversion.  Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3-4+ years.  18.5-/20

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

5 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, September 2011

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with a pale edge.  The nose is very fine and elegant in expression with lifted red florals and Turkish Delight aromas, along with nuances of honey and spice.  The delicacy and purity of bouquet is a highlight.  Medium-dry, the palate balances extremely fine textures and a rich oiliness with delicate, seamless layers of rose petals, exotic flowers honey and spice.  There is depth and good concentration, but fresh acidity and moderate alcohol lend a fine poise and proportion.  The finish is long and flows with fruit notes.  Fruit from the ‘Johnson Estate’ and contract growers, fermented to 14.0% alc. and 12.5 g/L rs, a portion in seasoned oak.  A Marlborough Gewurztraminer with beauty and elegance to match with mildly spicy Asian food and moderately firm cheeses over the next 3-4+ years.  19.0-/20

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, September 2011

Very bright, pale straw-yellow with some youthful green hues, this has a full, voluminous, softly presented nose with aromas of ripe gooseberries and nectarines along with notes of tropical fruits that unfold in the glass.  Dry to taste, this is a rich, lush and fulsome wine with succulent and up-front passionfruit and gooseberry flavours.  The palate is mouthfilling with soft textures, but has lively acidity for vibrancy.  The wine retains a stylish proportion and plenty of tension to enable matching with Mediterranean fare over the next 2+ years.  Fruit from ‘Johnson Estate' and contract growers fermented to 13.5% alc. and 3.0 g/L rs.  18.0+/20  

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - 11 Spy Valley Rose  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, September 2011

100% Pinot Noir from the Southern Valleys, fermented in oak and stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 6.2 g/L.  Very pale pink with delicate purple hues to the colour.  The bouquet shows soft red-berry and fresh redcurrant aromas with a little confectionary lift.  Dry, crisp and refreshing, there are light, flavours of strawberries and redcurrants, with melon notes.  The palate has good weight and presence, and a fine textural thread provides good line, underscored by crisp acidity.  Subtle fruit flavours linger on the dry finish.  A subtle-fruited, dry rosé with the vinosity to match with antipasto as well as serving as an aperitif over the next 2 years.  17.5/20

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose

4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, September 2011

Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon hues and a pale edge.  This has a very fresh, intense and concentrated nose of mealy citrus fruits, nectarines along with toasty oak, still tightly bound and youthfully sleek.  Medium-full bodied, this has concentrated flavours of citrus fruit, mealy-nutty fruit and oak amalgam all underscored by crisp and racy acidity.  The textures are very fine, the barrel-ferment creaminess balanced by the steel and edginess from the acid.  A long finish with citrus and toasty notes completes the palate.  6 clones of Chardonnay from ‘Johnson Estate' and the ‘Outpost' vineyard fully barrel-fermented, partly with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc. and aged on lees for 12 months with partial MLF.  Serve with grilled seafood and roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years.  17.5+/20

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Gold Medal - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2011, June 2011

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Gold Medal - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2011, June 2011

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

A hearty and gutsy wine - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Hospitality/Thirst Magazine, June 2011

“Opening up very well, a hearty and gusty wine with good spine and some quite generous fruit unfolding up perfectly. A bold style, best with dinner or early courses and a fine Marlborough statement, which is dry, accessible and yet in no hurry – into 2010. 

Spy Valley Chardonnay

TRIPLE TROPHY WINNER - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  International Cool Climate Wine Show 2011, May 2011

Out of 678 entries, the 2010 Spy Valley Pinot Noir won 3 out of the possible 16 trophies for: Best Red Wine of the Show / Best Pinot Noir 2010 / Best Estate Made & Bottled Red

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

89 Points - 09 Envoy Pinot Noir  Wine Spectator, May 2011

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

89 Points - 10 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Wine Spectator, May 2011

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

91 Points - 08 Envoy Riesling  Wine Spectator, May 2011

A fleshy core of peach and apricot flavors are terrific, ripe and juicy, with intense floral aromatics and whiffs of petrol.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

92 Points - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Wine Spectator, May 2011

"Digs deep into the spice box, with nutmeg, clove and allspice flavors, that perfectly frame the ripe, supple wild black cherry and raspberry notes. Comes together on a supple frame, with plenty of staying power on the finish." MW

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2011, May 2011

Spy Valley Chardonnay

91 Points - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  WBM Magazine, May 2011

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  International Wine Challenge 2011, May 2011

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Chardonnay  International Wine Challenge 2011, May 2011

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars & 18+/20 - 09 Envoy Pinot Noir  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, May 2011

A full, solid, nearly robustly constituted wine, this has lush, sweet dark fruits, lifted by floral elements and nuances of toast, spice and oak char. The palate retains a degree of style from fresh acidity and fine, seemingly understated extraction which shows its presence on the finish. Made from old 10/5 clone fruit from the Johnson Estate F Block, wild yeast fermented to 14.5% alc., then aged 18 months in 60% new French oak. Serve with wild duck and red game meat over the next 5-7 years. 18+/20

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

TOP 12 NZ Gewürztraminer / 96 Points / 5 Stars - 09 Envoy Gewürztraminer  Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, April 2011

Made from five different gewurztraminer clones from France and Germany selected to give spice and weight to the wine. Fermented in small oak vessels with a tiny amount of malolactic fermentation. A late-harvest style of gewurztraminer that's clearly been made from very ripe grapes. Luscious but not cloying, with layers of exotic floral, musk, tropical fruits and oriental spice flavours. Very impressive wine, rich and lingering.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

BEST WHITE WINE: 2010 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Cuisine Magazine, April 2011

The judges described the Gewurztraminer as a luscious example of the joyous, exotic characters that this challenging variety throws out.

"This luscious Kiwi Gewurztraminer captures the unique, decadently lush personality of the grape perfectly. There's an incredible volume of complex aroma - a cornucopia of rose petals, lychees, oriental spice, floral talcum powder - and an intense palate of excellent depth and structure."

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

89 Points - 10 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Wine Spectator, March 2011

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

90 Points - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Wine Spectator, March 2011

'A wonderfully supple, creamy texture gives way to sophisticated flavors of cherry and raspberry that build to a terrific chord, with nutmeg, vanilla and dried rose petal notes that persist on the finish.-MW'

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2011, March 2011

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Gold Medal - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2011, March 2011

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Winestate Magazine, March 2011

Youthful, fruit-packed and supple, with substantial body and strong plum/spice flavours, delicately seasoned with oak. Deliciously smooth, with plenty of potential. Best 2012+.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

5 Stars - 10 Envoy Noble Riesling  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, March 2011

On palate, this is very sweet, rich and luscious, but softly so with its full and broad mouthfilling flavours of lime, marmalade and bush honey. This has a very attractive oily, unctuous texture, kept fresh by good acidity. The wine finishes with length and nuance. This will match most rich desserts, and be a delightful aperitif over the next 3-5 years. 18.5/20

Spy Valley Envoy Noble Riesling

88/100 - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Winnipeg Free Press, Canada, March 2011

Classic Pinot Noir notes prevail on the nose -- earth, mushroom, blueberry, vanilla and cherry -- in a more complete fashion than many other Kiwi Pinot Noirs. The tannins and acidity on the light-bodied palate are modest, with cola, cherry and blueberry notes dominating over more subtle, earthy complexity.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 08 Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec  Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2011, March 2011

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2011, March 2011

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2011, March 2011

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Best Under $20 - 10 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Otago Daily Times, March 2011

4 Stars: Fragrant with oodles of passionfruit and melon, lush and mouthfilling with an intense, crisp, assertive finish

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Top Gewürztraminer- 10 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Cuisine Magazine, March 2011

Sniffing this wine is like entering an enchanted garden; lavender, rose petal and pot pourri spice are all gloriously there - and "out there". In the mouth it is opulent and utterly delicious, a honeyed sweetness set against a beguiling fleshy, oily texture. Cameron Douglas offered this food match: traditional duck confit, with ground spices including a hint of Cajun.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Riesling  Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, March 2011

Fragrant with orange and lime blossom, ripe stone and zingy citrus fruit, rich and textural in the mouth and yet with a well-balanced, crisp dry finish.

 

Spy Valley Riesling

5 Stars - 09 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, February 2011

Brilliant pale-edged straw-yellow colour with gold-green hues, this has a soft, full bouquet with density and depth of complex secondary aromas of cooked gooseberries and beans with herb notes, along with subtle barrel-ferment notes. Dry to taste, the palate is an amalgam of ripe tropical fruits, herbs and nettles with well-judged barrel-ferment oakiness. This is softly concentrated, and texturally fine, though a touch of alcohol comes through. The finish has good acidity and is sustained. Serve this complex wine with grilled seafood and Middle Eastern vegetable dishes over the next 3-5 years.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

Best Wines of 2010 - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Winestate Annual 2011, January 2011

4.5 stars “Very elegant, finely poised wine, full-bodied, with fresh, vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, seasoned with smoky, toasty oak, and impressive density.” 

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Weighty, rich & supple - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Winestate Annual 2011, January 2011

“Weighty, rich and supple, very elegant and youthful. Full ruby, with a floral scented bouquet, it is muscular (14.5% alc) but not heavy, with sweet-fruit delights and concentrated, vibrant cherry / plum flavours. Best opened mid 2011+.” 

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Best Wines of 2010 - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Winestate Annual 2011, January 2011

“Amazingly deep golden yellow colour for a pinot gris. Very Alsace in style – quite viscous and oily and slightly sweet, with hints of hazlenuts. “Chasing the right style,” said one judge.”

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Top Flight Pinot Noir - 08 Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir  Best of the Best Wine Guide 2010, January 2011

“Strong pinot noir statement retaining the drinkability and appeal of the finest from this variety. A gutsy mouthfeel works perfectly with the bold fruit and the result is a complete wine, still young and unfolding, with style and class. Top flight pinot noir with lots of time ahead to follow and enjoy.” 

Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Pinot Noir

Very food friendly - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Best of the Best Wine Guide 2010, January 2011

“Small percentage of malolactic fermentation and old oak matured. Dry with excellent depth to the fruit, a champion of balance with this pear and citrus fruit statement. Very food-friendly and versatile in its partnerships, but a classic wine which will continue to unfold. To be enjoyed for two or three more years.”

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Youthful and sweet fruited - 10 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Wine NZ Magazine, January 2011

“Attractive green-gold. Lemon curd aromas with a complexing note of sweat. Youthful and sweet-fruited. Ripe lemon, gooseberry and a hint of phenolic texture too, finishing cleanly.” 

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 1/2 Stars / 89 Points - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Wine Orbit, Issue 13, December 2010

“A lovely expression of cool-climate Chardonnay displaying stonefruit, citrus and gentle nutty oak characters on the nose. The palate is medium-full and elegantly framed with bright acidity and a juicy mouthfeel. A refreshing and appealing Chardonnay with generous fruit intensity.” 

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Blue-Gold Award & Top 100 - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, December 2010

Spy Valley Riesling

Blue-Gold Award & Top 100 - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Sydney International Wine COmpetition 2011, December 2010

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Bob Campbell MW, December 2010

“Delicately luscious sweet fruit and soft acidity are a backbone for gentle flavours suggesting red capsicum, passion fruit and tree fruits. Succulent and appealing wine.”  www.bobswinereviews.com

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010, December 2010

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

"It's gorgeous" - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Yvonne Lorkin, Pick of the Bunch, Festive Food & Wine, December 2010

“Do you think they could bottle this in an atomizer so that I can spray it behind my ears and elbows? Allspice, lychee and ginger aromas, fleshed out with rose petal and peach notes that lead to incredible concentration of flavour, weight, interest, sweetness, pungency and vibrancy – what else can I say? It’s gorgeous.”

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Pure Gold Medal - 10 Satellite Sauvignon Blanc  Air NZ Wine Awards 2010, November 2010

Charming and beautifully poised with dried herb, citrus and subtle flinty notes combined with a concentrated palate.

Satellite Sauvignon Blanc

Pure Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Air NZ Wine Awards 2010, November 2010

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Pure Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Air NZ Wine Awards 2010, November 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

09 Envoy Pinot Gris  Taste Magazine, November 2010

“An initial impression of sweet stewed apple and pear is modified by fine tannins to give a rather drier finish that shows a little clove / spice finish.”

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

4 1/2 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Wine Orbit, Issue 9, November 2010

“It's ripe and immediately appealing on the nose displaying white peach, mango and subtle creamy oak characters. The palate shows ample fruit, silky texture and beautifully balanced acidity. The wine is juicy and supple with a lovely refreshing finish. At its best: now to 2012.”

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Wine Orbit, Issue 9, November 2010

“It's youthful and freshly perfumed on the nose displaying red cherry, raspberry and thyme characters. The palate is juicy and refreshing with bright acidity and fine tannins. A well balanced and framed Pinot showing plenty of appeal. At its best: now to 2012.”

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

5 Stars & Top 10 - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Cuisine, Issue 143, November 2010

“Right from the beginning, the Pinot vines at this Waihopai Valley winery have revelled in their situation. The wine has consistently delivered excellence at a good price. This latest rendition is classic New World Pinot, 'compact, bright and taut, with fine, cedary tannins,' noted Jeff Clark."

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Go Gewurz! 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  NZ Herald, 27th October 2010, October 2010

“It’s great to see our gewurz getting international gongs and this elegant, pure example struck gold. Redolent of the variety’s classic rosewater and lychee characters and infused with cumin and coriander spice, it’s oily, textured with a fresh burst of grapefruit on the finish.”

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 1/2 Stars & 91 Points - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  Wine Orbit, Issue 12, October 2010

“This is fine and delicate yet shows lovely intense juicy flavours. Another beautifully crafted Riesling from this outstanding producer, displaying lime zest, flint, mandarin and floral characters on the nose. The palate is vibrant and racy with subtle sweetness (12 g/l) and bright acidity. The wine is tightly structured and lengthy with plenty of appealing flavours. At its best: now to 2015.”

Spy Valley Riesling

Aromas of Melon - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Wine NZ Magazine, Spring 2010, October 2010

“Aromas of melon with tight, juicy citrus and mineral fruit characters. Ripe fruited yet reasonably dry and showing some nice complexity with maybe a touch of nutty oak too. Nice mouth feel with medium long finish.” 

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Bright & Vibrant - 08 Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec  Wine NZ Magazine, Spring 2010, October 2010

“Lots of violet and floral notes on the nose. Palate is bright and vibrant, lifted by pretty violet characters then filled out with savoury Merlot. Quite youthful and primary yet oak is well integrated. Tannins are firm and youthful.” 

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

Gold Medal & Best in Class - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010, October 2010

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010, October 2010

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010, October 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010, October 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Gold Medal - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Intervin Wine Competition 2010, October 2010

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Gold Medal - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Intervin Wine Competition 2010, October 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Gold Medal - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Intervin Wine Competition 2010, October 2010

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Gold Medal - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  New Zealand International Wine Awards 2010, October 2010

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Bob Campbell, MW, September 2010

“Quite a deep colour for such a young wine suggesting plenty of skin contact. The palate does show some drying tannins but remains fairly silken. Stone fruit, toast and subtle spice characters. Good value at this price. “Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 Stars - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Bob Campbell, MW, September 2010

Moderately intense Pinot Noir with plenty of weight and plum/dark cherry flavours. Silken smooth with a reasonably lengthy finish. Solid varietal wine that delivers plenty for the price.” Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com

 

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

5 Stars & 93 Points - 09 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Bob Campbell, MW, September 2010

“A rich, powerful Sauvignon Blanc with strong mineral, gooseberry and lemon grass flavours. Impressive ethereal texture and lengthy finish.”  Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars & 90 Points - 09 Envoy Pinot Gris  Bob Campbell, MW, September 2010

“An initial impression of sweet stewed apple and pear is modified by fine tannins to give a rather dryer finish that shows a little clove/spice character. Concentrated and complex Pinot Gris.” Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

SIlver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  New Zealand International Wine Awards 2010, September 2010

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - 10 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  New Zealand International Wine Awards 2010, September 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Gold Medal & Top 50 - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  New World Wine Awards 2010, September 2010

The Spy Valley Riesling was awarded a Gold Medal and selected in the Top 50 wines at the New World Wine Awards 2010. “Balance, complexity, purity of fruit and intense concentration, this wine has it all. This wine cries out to be matched with freshly steamed cockles.”

Spy Valley Riesling

Gold Medal & Top 50 - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  New World Wine Awards 2010, September 2010

The Spy Valley 2009 Gewurztraminer was awarded a Gold Medal and selected in the Top 50 wines at the New World Wine Awards 2010. “Exotic aromas of rosewater, Turkish delight and citrus peel lead into a textural palate which is rich, concentrated and powerful. This variety compliments Thai seafood dishes.”

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec  Cuisine Magazine, Issue 142, September 2010

Spy Valley’s take on Merlot Malbec is a fruity wine of warmth and presence with redcurrant and plum aromas, touched by mocha oak. It was a little to leafy for one taster, but the others liked its balance and intensity, and the savoury chalk tannins that support the palate. Try it alongside minute steak with fine herbs.

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

Winophilia picks 07 Envoy Riesling  Stephen Tanzer (www.winophilia.com), August 2010

Why should you care? New Zealand’s ocean-influenced climate—markedly cooler than that of its neighbor Australia—is ideal for the production of wines with intense fruit and crisp acidity. White wines, especially sauvignon blanc from Marlborough, dominate exports to the U.S. But the country’s rieslings are also varietally accurate and delicious. In spite of their normally brisk acidity, they are rarely austere or difficult to enjoy in their youth; in fact, many of these wines are softened by some residual sugar. Spy Valley’s wines are flamboyantly supple, fruit-driven and user-friendly.

What does it taste like? Spy Valley’s premium Envoy range comes from specific vineyard sites within the greater family estate. Their 2007 riesling, made from Germanic clones, is in a silky, sweeter style (think German spätlese) but with perfect balancing acidity. It offers the distinctly fusel quality shown by many top rieslings from Germany, Australia and elsewhere, along with concentrated apricot and passion fruit flavors, exotic brown spices and a suggestion of honeyed richness. This compellingly pure and immediately appealing wine makes a perfect aperitif—or try it with fresh scallops or sweet and sour Asian dishes.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

4 Stars - 09 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc  Jane Skilton, Sunday Star Times , August 2010

A bottle of Spy Valley's Envoy Sauvignon Blanc was equally delicious; not nearly as pungent as a typical Marlborough sauvignon but with bags of personality and flavour.

Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Japan Wine Challenge 2010, August 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Japan Wine Challenge 2010, August 2010

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Drinking very well now - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  Foodtown Magazine, August 2010

We all liked this wine and its quirky label design. Relatively full-bodied, with lots of citrus and stone fruit flavours, there is just a touch of sweetness. Drinking very well now.

Spy Valley Riesling

Judge's Choice - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  International Value Wine Awards 2010 (Canada), July 2010

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Judge's Choice - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  International Value Wine Awards 2010, Canada, July 2010

Spy Valley Riesling

Judge's Choice - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  International Value Wine Awards 2010, Canada, July 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Category Champion - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  International Value Wine Awards 2010, Canada, July 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Menu matching - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  Cameron Douglas, Hospitality/Thirst Magazine, July 2010

Nose: Generous fruit and floral messages with sweet grapefruit and light ginger spice. As the wine opens up the characters described deepen and soften becoming more inviting and complex. Palate: Dry with green apple flavours and warm citrus flavours. The light body and deepening palate characters show off a well-balanced and well-made wine.

Food Match: Pad Thai with tofu and prawns. Often served with fresh lemon this is a must for this match. Lose the peanuts though in favour of fresh spring onion or chestnut slices.

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  International Chardonnay Challenge 2010, NZ, July 2010

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 & 1/2 Stars - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine, July 2010

Weighty, rich and supple, this is a very elegant and youthful red.  Full ruby, with a floral, scented bouquet, it is muscular (14.5% alc/vol) but not heavy, with sweet-fruit delights and concentrated, vibrant cherry/plum flavours.  Finely textured, with obvious potential, it’s best opened mid-2011+.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

3 Stars - 07 Envoy Chardonnay  Decanter Magazine, June 2010

French toast and citrus nose. Hints of herbs and minerals. Fresh, steely acidity leads to a strong finish. From 2010

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

5 Stars, 94 points - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Wine Orbit, June 2010

“If anyone is not convinced that Gewurztraminer is the most enchanting aromatic grape, they need to try this beauty. The nose is beautifully perfumed displaying tropical fruit, floral, mandarin and subtle spice characters. It’s succulent and silky smooth on the palate showing subtle sweetness (13.9 g/L) and an opulent mouthfeel which is perfectly balanced by the refreshing acidity. The gorgeous flavours lingers on and on. At its best: now to 2013."

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Liquorland International Wine Competition 2010, NZ, June 2010

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal & Top 100 - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Liquorland International Wine Competition 2010, NZ, June 2010

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Liquorland International Wine Competition 2010, NZ, June 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 08 Spy Valley Merlot Malbec  Liquorland International Wine Competition 2010, NZ, June 2010

Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec

GOLD Medal - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  International Wine Challenge 2010, UK, June 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  International Wine Challenge 2010, UK, June 2010

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars - 07 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Wine Orbit, Issue 7, June 2010

This wine shows friendly style and appeal with its ripe apricot, apple and nutty characters on the nose. The palate is medium-weighted and nicely textured with refreshing acidity and a juicy finish. A very pleasing Chardonnay with ample fruit. At its best: now to 2011. 

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 1/2 Stars, 90 Points - 07 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Wine Orbit, Issue 7, June 2010

A richly scented nose displaying dark plum, spice and savoury mushroom characters. The palate is generous and rounded with silky texture and supple tannins. It's refreshing and immediately appealing. Very delicious. At its best: now to 2011.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Powerful and Lush - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Wine NZ magazine, Winter 2010, June 2010

Big, blackberry aromas. Powerful and lush in the mouth with big dark fruits and lots of oak. Blackberry, chewy and textural, dense but not too sweet. Plenty of round tannins.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  San Francisco International Wine Awards 2010, June 2010

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  San Francisco International Wine Awards 2010, June 2010

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  San Francisco International Wine Awards 2010, June 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Tizwine.com, June 2010

The lifted aromatic aromas are followed by peaches and pears in abundance. These are enhanced by the good structure and oily texture creating great weight in the palate. Generous and lengthy finish. 

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 & 1/2 Stars - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Tizwine.com, June 2010

Excellent now but will also improve for a little more cellaring. The turkish delight aromas prepare the way for more turkish in the palate but with added elements marmalade, ginger and spice. Acidity is just a little tart but that will dissipate in the coming months. Thoroughly recommended.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 08 Envoy Dry Riesling  Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, May 2010

“Unusually for a riesling, this has been fermented in large, old barrels which brings a faint hint of nuts and toffee and a firm, textural mouthfeel to the lime and tropical fruit flavour and crisp, tingly finish. 4 stars (out of 5).

Spy Valley Envoy Dry Riesling

4 & 1/2 Stars - 08 Envoy Riesling  Jane Skilton, Sunday Star Times, May 2010

“Made by Spy Valley, this is a pure expression of Riesling, off dry, delicate and totally delicious. The perfect aperitif.”

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

Perfect Wedding Wine - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Wall Street Journal, May 2010

“The Marlborough region of New Zealand has become justly famous (thanks first to the legendary Cloudy bay) for its tangy, lively Sauvignon Blanc, and this is a good example of the Marlborough style at a very attractive price; it’s a perfect wedding aperitif.”

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

A true flavour bonanza - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  salient.org.nz, May 2010

“This week’s wine of the week is the Spy Valley Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2009, which has cleaned up a few awards recently. Spy Valley has been producing under its current name since 2000, and the winery is situated in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley near the now infamous ‘spy base’ that was shredded with sickles last year.

The 2009 Gewurztraminer is made in a fruit-driven style, which reflects delicious aromas of rose petals, Turkish delight and lychee. These particular aromas are enhanced by a ginger spiciness that gives the wine uplifting warmth.

Spicy citrus flavours coupled with lip-smacking satisfying mouth feel make this wine a true flavor bonanza, with extremely well balanced structure and finish. It really is hard to believe this wine retails around the $20 mark. A true bargain.

This wine would go really well with smoked salmon, a chicken Thai green curry, or jam on toast."

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Racy and fresh - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  The Tasting Panel, May 2010

“Racy and fresh; long and bright with keen cherry flavours and lovely fruit. 89 points”

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Cuisine Magazine, Issue 140, May 2010

“Like quite a few of us, this wine is bright but not rich. A citrusy vibrancy runs through it, the oak forms a subtle backdrop; a velvety texture supplies comfort and warmth. It would suit a Japanese dish, such as prawn teriyaki.” 

Spy Valley Chardonnay

A killer little Pinot - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  www.vancouversun.com, April 2010

“The Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2008 is a killer little Pinot that is too delicious and too affordable to be listed in BC Liquor stores, but is being poured at the Playhouse International Wine Festival this week. Its 25-per-cent new wood does little to interfere with its bright mineral fruit, fresh acidity and finesse. Looks like Pinot, smells like Pinot, tastes like Pinot. All natural winemaking and it shows, Incredible value.” 

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Verdict: Fantastic - 09 Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc  Phil Parker, NZ WIne Blogger, April 2010

“Verdict: fantastic. The Spy Valley Late Harvest Savvy was a treat – rich flavours of passion fruit, lychee, ripe pineapple and cape gooseberry jam, with a subtle crisp acidity on the finish. A really perfect match for the stronger cheeses.” 

Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blancs to Savour - 08 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  The Georgia Straight, April 2010

We liked this quite a bit when it first hit town about a year ago and we’re still liking it, with those ubiquitous gooseberries front and centre. Label speak alerts us to more passion – and grapefruit as well as “sweet pea”, which was new to those tasting. Why not? Nice and dry, tart but not overwhelmingly though, with lots of guts to stand up to vegetable dishes, cream sauces for fish, and olive oil poached chicken.” 

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Mouthfilling but elegant - 07 Echelon  Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, April 2010

"A faint blush of dull pink colours this bubbly made from the traditional blend of pinot noir and chardonnay. It hints of berries, toasted hazelnuts and freshly baked bread, is mouthfiling but elegant and has a satisfying, savoury finish."

Spy Valley Echelon

Seductive charm - 09 Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay  Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, April 2010

"This sweet wine has all the seductive charm and fragrance of a freshly picked, tree-ripened peach, with hints of honeysuckle, orange and tropical fruit, and a lively suggestion of lemon on the nicely balanced finish. Try with poached peaches or pears with vanilla and orange blossom water." 

Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay

Fragrant with fresh guava - 09 Noble Sauvignon Blanc  Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, April 2010

"Fragrant with fresh guava, green fruits and dusty gravel, this sweet wine has the herby, capsicum character and crisp green flavour of Marlborough sauvignon, but also an intense sweetness, silky texture and clean finish. Just the thing to go with an aged cheddar." 

Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc

Top of the line - 07 Envoy Chardonnay  Phil Parker, Hi Society Magazine, April 2010

“Top of the line Chardonnay from Spy Valley. Spicy oak influence from 18 months in the barrel. Rich flavours of lime, lemon, apple and hazelnut.”

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

Top 10 NZ Rieslings - 07 Envoy Riesling  Bob Campbell, Taste Magazine, April 2010

"Moderately sweet riesling with enough acidity to give a medium/dry finish.  Powerful lime juice, rose petal and slate/mineral characters with good weight and an impressive length."

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

Seductive and interesting - 09 Noble Sauvignon Blanc  Cameron Douglas, Hospitality Magazine, April 2010

"Nose: Marmalade, beeswax, honey and intense tropical aromas - seductive and interesting.

Palate: Creamy textures and sweet with the hidden acidity showing a careful balance and richness.  Passion-fruit and other tropical flavours persist into an extended finish.

Food match:  Peach slices pan seared in brown sugar and then tossed with small wedges of goats blue cheese.  Warm cream-anglaise on the side to dress this salad when needed."

Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc

Serious Sauvignons - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Wine NZ Magazine, April 2010

“Ripe, sweet fruit notes on the nose and on the palate. There’s juicy Meyer lemon and sweet herbs – really nice. Shows good concentration and very good balance between alcohol and fine grained acidity.” 

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Well recommended - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  WIne NZ Magazine, April 2010

“Nicely clean and alive, very accessible with excellent fruit base and lots of youthful spine to ensure plenty of development ahead. A wine which shows the potential of this Waihopai sub-region of Marlborough for vibrant, characterful fruit tones. Will work well and develop further over the next three years.”

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

90 Points - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences, March 2010

"Fabulous aromas of jasmine, delicate tropical notes (passion fruit?), wild lavendar, and the faintest hint of petroleum.  Slightly sweet entry, but great acidity that makes the wine barely off-dry, and should allow it to work with numerous Asian foods.  A classic New Zealand style wine imported by Broadbent Selections." 

Spy Valley Riesling

There's no mistaking this fresh and affordable example - 09 Noble Sauvignon Blanc  Jo Burzynska, Viva - NZ Herald, March 2010

"While quite a lot of the growing array of sweet savs can lack varietal character, there's no mistaking this fresh and affordable example with its tropical notes of passionfruit and mango and herbal undertones.  Try with a Thai curry for a superb synergy between sweetness and heat."

Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc

Best Under $20 - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, March 2010

4 Stars "A punchy, fruit salad wine, oozing juicy mango, ripe pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit and guava, but all supported by a well-balanced, crisp, assertive, dryish finish. Typical, full on Marlborough style. Good value."

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 1/2 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Winestate Magazine - Marlborough Regional Tasting, March 2010

"Very elegant, finely poised wine, full-bodied, with fresh, vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, seasoned with smoky, toasty oak, and impressive density."

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Gold Medal - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Korea Wine Challenge, 2010, March 2010

The only Sauvignon Blanc to win gold in this competition

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

90 Points - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Wine Spectator Magazine, March 2010

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

5 STARS, TOP 5 & BEST BUY - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Cuisine Magazine, Issue 139, March 2010

"This is a succulent, generous wine from a winery that has forged a strong aromatics track record.  The fascinating flavour spectrum includes spice - 'cardamom, almost into tumeric', said Anna Flowerday - together with guava and fig notes.  A very complete Gewurz."  

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Cuisine Magazine, Issue 139, March 2010

"An overt honey-puff scent signals the rich, interesting taste experience that is in store.  Botrytis (noble rot) makes a strong contribution to this toasty, apricot-flavoured, focused wine.  The inviting softness and warmth conjure thoughts of colder evenings and classic French onion soup."

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

91 Points - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Wine Spectator, March 2010

"This is bright, lively and distinctive for its apricot, lime and tangerine flavors, which zip nicely through the long, vibrant finish.  Drink now."  

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 & 1/2 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Winestate Magazine, March 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars & Best Value - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, February 2010

"A powerful, full-on style from this reliable producer. It's fragrant with hints of eau de cologne, mint and roses, oozing tropical fruit - lychees and mangoes, but with a savoury undertone, and a rich, mouthfilling finish. Delicious."

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, February 2010

"Fragrant with hints of grapefruit and smoky oak, and suggestions of melon, spice and oatmeal, this is a stylish, zesty wine, with understated oak and a bright tingly aftertaste." 

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 1/2 Stars - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Yvonne Lorkin, Bay of Plenty Times, February 2010

"Wow. Ginger, lychee, nectarine, roses, a veritable pot pourri of perfumed perfection.  Bursting with tropical lusciousness, clean, slicing acidity and rich, textural length of flavour.  A must if you're contemplating spicy pork panang or prawn stir-fry."

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

60 Best NZ Wines 2010 - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Matthew Jukes, February 2010

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Top Business Class Red Wine - 07 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  2009 Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards, February 2010

Spy Valley 07 Pinot Noir was awarded Top Business Class Red Wine in the 2009 Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards. It was listed on Cathay Pacific's wine list, and won out over 64 airlines worldwide.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Gold Medal - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2010, February 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Riesling  Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2010, February 2010

Spy Valley Riesling

93 Points & 2009 Year's BEST NZ Pinot Noir - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Wine & Spirits Magazine, February 2010

"Their 2008 achieved a level of refinement, concentration and transparency that is rare in Marlborough pinot noir.  It contrasts bright fruit scents of raspberry and firm, mineral-infused tannin, all punctuated by fresh acidity.  The wine is supple, complete, lasting with a red glow."

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Beautifully Counterpoised - 07 Envoy Riesling  Jo Burzynska, Viva, NZ Herald, January 2010

"Although arguably one of the less aromatic varieties, when it comes to the dizzying heights in quality that can be reached by the best, riesling is still king of this category.  Made in a wide variety of styles, this one from Spy Valley's top Envoy range, may clock in at a modest 9 per cent alcohol, but has an abundance of flavour in its rich, slaty, spicy and slightly honeyed palate in which its not inconsiderable sweetness is beauitfully counterpoised with a fresh limey acid."  

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

4 & 1/2 Stars - Best Wines of 2009 - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Winestate's Best Wines of 2009 Annual, January 2010

"Fragrant melon and perfumed passionfruit bouquet and some intense spicy pear flavours with hints of ginger on a long, oily palate.  Some sweetness.  Very polished wine."  

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 & 1/2 Stars - Best Wines of 2009 - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Winestate's Best Wines of 2009 Annual, January 2010

"Stand-out wine with excellent complexity and outstanding fruit.  Nice tropical lift to the nose and intense melon flavours with a grassy/herbaceous backbone and strong finish."  

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

91 Points, 4 & 1/2 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Chardonnay  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Magazine, Issue 9, January 2010

"It's ripe and immediately appealing on the nose displaying white peach, mango and subtle creamy oak characters. The palate shows ample fruit, silky texture and beautifully balanced acidity. The wine is juicy and supple with a lovely refreshing finish." 

Spy Valley Chardonnay

94 Points & 5 Stars - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Magazine, Issue 10, January 2010

"It's ripe and inviting on the nose displaying stonefruit, passionfruit and herbaceous characters. The palate is zesty and full-flavoured with a nicely textured mid palate, well integrated acidity and a lingering fruity finish. A gorgeous Sauvignon."

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

60 BEST NZ Wines - 07 Envoy Riesling  Matthew Jukes, 60 Best New Zealand Wines, 2010 edition, January 2010

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

Top 100 - 08 Spy Valley Riesling  Sydney International Wine Competition, 2010, December 2009

Only the top 5% of wines receive Top 100 wine status.

Spy Valley Riesling

Blue-Gold Medal - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, December 2009

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 & 1/2 Stars, 89 Points - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Bob Campbell, December 2009

"Typically lush and concentrated wine that's as good as any Gewurztraminer made by this high-performing producer. Strong lychee and rose petal with a suggestion of lavender."

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Best of the Best - 07 Envoy Pinot Gris  Best of the Best Wine Guide 2009, December 2009

Being almost three years old is a rarity in itself for this variety! This is outstanding wine, full fruited, quite a lot of weight and intensity and perfectly made from the vineyard through the winery to protect some wonderful flavours. Everyone should experience this wine as a view seldom seen in New Zealand. This lifts the whole status of pinot gris.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

Best of the Best - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Best of the Best Wine Guide 2009, December 2009

An all-fruit statement without overt oak; a single vineyard wine from the company vineyard at Waihopai. Layers of flavours are opening up perfectly in the second year and showing beautifully with chicken, lamb, veal and more. Plenty of time to enjoy.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

CLASS CHAMPION & Gold Medal - 08 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Houston Rodeo Wine Competition, 2009, December 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Houston Rodeo Wine Competition, 2009, December 2009

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Fragrance of honey and beeswax - 08 Spy Valley Riesling  Martin Gillon, Wine NZ Magazine, Spring/Summer 2009, December 2009

"Fragrance of honey and beeswax on the nose. Palate is dryish showing a clean, honest palate with notes of lemonade, pineapple and lime. Good concentration of flavour with some appealing firmness on the finish." 

Spy Valley Riesling

Balanced to perfection - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Peter Saunders, Wine NZ Magazine, Spring/Summer 2009, December 2009

"Very nice Marlborough Pinit Gris, an important strength of this winery. Nicely robust and full of flavour, just off dry and balanced to perfection. Very good wine, ready from now on." 

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

92 Points - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Huon Hooke, Top 50 Summer Wines, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 2009

"The aromas are very intense lemon and kiwifruit; a hint of garden salad. It's clean, fresh and vibrant in the mouth, with light to medium body and good, soft acidity that cleans the finish and helps the finish linger. A benchmark Marlborough sauvignon. 92/100. Food Caprese salad."

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

BEST IN CLASS, Silver Medal - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  International Wine & Spirits Competition 2009, November 2009

"Ripe strawberries and a suggestion of boiled beetroot allied to herbal, spicy oak combine in this wine's splendid, mature nose which is heady and very forward.  In the mouth, too, there is a medley of nuances and aromas, and ample dry, spicy flavours in a mellow frame with salty finish.  Stylish and very accomplished."

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

BEST IN CLASS, Silver Medal - 08 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  International Wine & Spirits Competition 2009, November 2009

"A fine example of the varietal with a rich, firm, intense and complete bouquet featuring white fruit, flower-blossom and subtle spices.  The palate is opulent, sweet and multifaceted, of great depth and splendidly framed and reigned in by a gentle vein of acidity.  This shows real class and distinction."

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Nicely robust and full of flavour - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Peter Saunders, Hospitality/Thirst Magazine, November 2009

"Very nice Marlborough pinot gris, an important strength of this winery. Nicely robust and full of flavour, just off dry and balanced to perfection. Very good wine, ready through 2010." 

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Pure Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009, November 2009

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Pure Silver Medal - 08 Satellite Sauvignon Blanc  Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009, November 2009

Satellite Sauvignon Blanc

GRAND CHAMPION - 08 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Old Ebbitt Grill International Wines for Oysters Competition 2009, November 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  International Aromatic Wine Awards 2009, November 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009, November 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Gold Medal - 09 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  New Zealand International Wine Show 2009, November 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Gold Medal - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  International Aromatic Wine Awards 2009, November 2009

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Pure Gold Medal - 09 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009, November 2009

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Luscious Little Number - 08 Envoy Riesling  Joelle Thomson, Mindfood Magazine, October 2009

Wines of the Week.
 “I have a fantasy vineyard dedicated to Riesling, part of the dream being that people fall head over heels for the wine I make from this vineyard. Needless to say, this top wine of Spy Valley in Marlborough isn’t made from my fantasy vineyard, but if it were I imagine it might taste similar to this luscious little number.
It’s the second year in a row that Spy Valley in Marlborough has made the Envoy Riesling, which is all limes and green apples, and freshly citrus in taste, this wine is worth it.” 

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

91 Points - 08 Spy Valley Gewürztraminer  Tyson Stelzer, Wine 100 Magazine, October 2009

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

95 Points - 07 Envoy Riesling  Tyson Stelzer, Wine 100 Magazine, October 2009

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

96 Points - 06 Envoy Chardonnay  Tyson Stelzer, Wine 100 Magazine, October 2009

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

91 Points & 4 1/2 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Magazine, Issue 6, October 2009

"A classic Marlborough Sauvignon displaying lifted aromas of passionfruit, pineapple and lime zest characters.  The palate is juicy and intense with vibrant acidity and nicely flowing texture.  Beautifully balanced and finishes with lovely lingering ripe fruit notes.  This is a more rounded version of Marlborough Sauvignon making it a brilliant drink.  At its best:  now to 2011."

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars, 88 Points - 07 Spy Valley Merlot  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Magazine, Issue 6, October 2009

"Bright medium-deep red in colour with a touch of purple around the rim. The nose is aromatic and fruity displaying dark plum, cherry, floral and cedary oak characters.  It's juicy and nicely flowing on the palate with well balanced acidity and supple tannins.  A medium-weighted, silky Merlot with plenty of appeal.  At its best: now to 2011."  

Spy Valley Merlot

93/100 - 07 Envoy Pinot Noir  Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, October 2009

BEST IMPORT: This is the reserve wine from one of Marlborough's better emerging wineries. It's soft, flesh and fruit-sweet with lots of whole-bunch character-adding complexity. Pepper, cedar and spicy oak; elegant and perfumed with plummy palate flavours and more tannin than most of its kind. 93/100. Food: spit roast quail.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

Wine to try - 09 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, October 2009

Wine to try - Spy Valley Pinot Gris "Swordfish is a dense, deep-water fish with a tendency to dry out if it is not carefully cooked.  The sweetness of the accompanying roasted capsicum requires a wine with both depth and richness.  A light red could work, but here the weight, texture and intensity of good pinot gris is perfect (not a lean, tight, Italianate pinot grigio style but rather the full, rich Alsace style).  There are a number of Australian pinot gris that fit that mould, but it's the New Zealanders who are showing us how to make the variety with extra depth, power and concentration.  The folk at Spy Valley use partial barrel fermentation, some malolactic influences and leave a touch of residual sugar to build weight and add complexity to this delicious (food-friendly) white wine.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 Stars - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  John Saker, Sunday Magazine, Sunday Star Times, September 2009

"They often wheel out pinot gris with sweet things in Alsace, and this rich, creamy rendition will wrap itself nicely around Ray's orange cakes. G'sund! (as they say in Alsace)."

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Excellent fruit base and lots of spine - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Peter Saunders, Hospitality Magazine, September 2009

"Very nice Marlborough pinot noir, yet again from this winery that has a strong pinot noir record. Nicely clean and alive, very accessible with excellent fruit base and lots of youthful spine to ensure plenty of development ahead. A wine that shows the potential of this Waihopai sub-region of Marlborough for vibrant, characterful fruit tones."

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Silver Medal - 07 Spy Valley Chardonnay  New Zealand International Wine Show 2009, September 2009

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Silver Medal - 09 Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay  New Zealand International Wine Show 2009, September 2009

Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay

Bob's Best Buys - 07 Envoy Pinot Gris  Bob Campbell, KiaOra Magazine, August 2009

Spy Valley has a reputation for making terrific wines and offering them at reasonable prices. A few years ago, the company decided to create a limited-edition flagship label called "Envoy".

They've now made a string of cracking wines under the label. Its pinot gris is spectacularly good. It's a wine that in my opinion would still rush off the shelves at a much higher price. Here's what I wrote in my tasting notes:

"Rich and creamy Alsace-style wine with a medley of tree- and exotic-fruit flavours, plus an appealing lifted spicy character. Very intense and sophisticated wine that's in danger of giving New Zealand pinot gris a good name."

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

Judges' Choice - 08 Spy Valley Riesling  International Value Wine Awards 2009, July 2009

Spy Valley Riesling

Judges' Choice - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  International Value Wine Awards 2009, July 2009

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Judges' Choice - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  International Value Wine Awards 2009, July 2009

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

I love this Sauvignon - 08 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Margaret Swain, National Post, July 2009

I love this sauvignon from Marlborough on the South Island, for its value and flavours. The bouquet jumps out of the glass with passionfruit, kiwi and snap pea aromatics. Its fresh uplifted tastes are reminiscent of passionfruit and pink grapefruit granite. Perfect for summer sipping.

 

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

5 Stars, 93 Points - 06 Envoy Chardonnay  Bob Campbell, www.bobswinereviews.com, July 2009

Creamy, sophisticated Chardonnay with layers of pineapple, grapefruit, sizzled butter, brioche and spicy oak flavours. Seamless wine with impressive power and length. Very classy Chardonnay indeed.

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

Under $35 Shortlist - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Wine NZ Magazine, July 2009

Very dark in the glass. Rich, ripe and floral on nose. The palate is dense and ripe with cherry, strawberry, blackberry and creamy, toasty oak. And there's good concentration of flavour with reasonable complexity showing too. A superbly balanced wine with strapping young tannins and all the components it will require to mature nicely.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Crisp. clean and refreshing - 08 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Wine NZ Magazine, July 2009

The bouquet combines grapefruit and lemon rind notes with a touch of the region's typical 'sweat'. The flavour profile is crisp, clean and superbly refreshing thanks to nicely balanced acids that bring out the best in the fruit. Sauvignon Blanc's crisp acids sit nicely alongside salty foods. If you're using it to accompany casual nibbles, think olives, cubes of feta chees or salt and pepper squid. Later as part of the meal, it would be good with a salad built around rocket leaves, cubed firm feta and grainy croutons, tossed in a dressing made from a little lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt and cracked black pepper."

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

A different take on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - 08 Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc  Wine NZ Magazine, July 2009

A different take on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Sweet stone fruit and tropical fruits are balanced by acids and minerals to produce a long, sweet but clean finish.

Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc

An embarrassment of riches - 08 Spy Valley Pinot Noir  Glengarry Wines, July 2009

Darkly shaded in the glass, this has an embarrassment of riches on the palate; after the heady aromatic delights, there is a core of red fruits with a mushrooming firmness parading up the centre aisle. The faint earthiness integrates nicely and drags this back away from the fruit bomb end of the continuum, the tannin component merely an indicator of youth. Excellent.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Consumer Magazine's Pick of the Pinots  Sunday Star Times - Raymond Chan, July 2009

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Spy Valley Noble Riesling 2008  Best Buy Wines - Gourmet Traveller Wine, June 2009

THis wine has a high degree of botrytis influence with strong honey and musk flavours but citrus and root ginger varietal notes remainvery evident. Even though it's wuite sweet, the wine is perfectly balancedby crisp acidity and is certainly not cloying. It offers particularly good value at this price. - Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine

Spy Valley Noble Riesling

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris 2007  Gourmet Traveller Wine - 5 Stars! , June 2009

Rich and creamy Alsace-style wine with a medley of tree and exotic fruit flavours plus an appealing lifted spicy character. Very intense and sophisticated drop that's in danger of giving New Zealand pinot gris a good name.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

Spy Valley Noble Riesling 2008  Otagor Daily Times, June 2009

A good example of rich, honeyed botrytised wine that can come from Marlborough in suitable years. Hints of dried apricot, grapefruit, mandarin skin, golden kiwi and ginger with a sweet, unctuous intensity, complexity from a little oak aging and a nicely bright crisp finish. Good with a sharp blue or a cardomom and almond biscotti. Good value." - Charmain Smith, Otago Daily Times.

Spy Valley Noble Riesling

Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2008  Otago Daily Times, June 2009

Hints of earl grey tea and mandarin peel with underlying quinces, dried apricot and passionfruit, bring an underlying richness to this bright, slightly herbal wine. Good with not-too-sweet apple pie. - Charmain Smith ODT

Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc

Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2008  Looking Good, Viva, The New Zealand Herald, June 2009

Wonderfully fresh and fragrant, this gris has the mouthfilling ripe pear and stonefruit spiced with nutmeg, and a faint infusion of smoke. Jo Bursynska, 27 May 2009.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2008  F&B, June 2009

Nicely clean and alive, very accessible with excellent fruit base and lots of youthful spine to ensure plenty of development ahead. A wine that shows the potential of the Waihopai sub-region of Marlborough for vibrant, characterful fruit tones. Will work well and develop further over the next three years. - Peter Saunders, F&B

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2008  International Wine Challenge - SILVER, May 2009

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2007  Wine Orbit - 4.5 Stars, May 2009

The nose of this wine is irrisistible showing opulent apricot characters with gentle spice and floral notes. the palate starts with a subtly sweetness followed by lovely silky texture throught the mid range then finishes with beautifully balanced acidity leaving the palate nice and fresh. Not too sweet, not over the top in floral notes, it's very pleasingly poised. - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Issue 5

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2008  Decanter Wine Awards - SILVER, May 2009

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2007  Wine Orbit - 4.5 Stars, May 2009

This is a very friendly and approachable wine showing floral, pear and apricot characters with soft notes on the nose. The well weighted palate has attractive sweetness, smooth texture and well harmonised acidity. - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Issue 5.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2008  Wine for Asain Food - Hospitality Magazine, May 2009

Gewurzt is often suggested as a match for curry, but some Indian versions can kill its delicate flavours. Look instead towards Thailand, and try shredding roast duck from a Chinese food market into a mixture of red curry paste, peanut butter, coconut milk, chicken stock and lime juice. - Vic Williams, Hospitality

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Spy Valley Noble Riesling 2008  F&B Magazine, May 2009

'Unashamedly rich' the label says, and it is. Quite thick in texture, a botrytis effect present yet not dominate and the fruit is gusty and strong for the heartiest of desserts. Different and full of mouth-interest, something to savour and enjoy for a long time. A little beauty.

Spy Valley Noble Riesling

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008  GOLD - Vinnaya karta 2009 Wine Competition, Moscow, May 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Spy Valley Riesling 2008  GOLD - Vinnaya Karta 2009 Wine Competition, Moscow, May 2009

Spy Valley Riesling

Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2008  SILVER - Vinnaya Karta 2009 Wine Competition, Moscow, May 2009

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling 2007  95 Points - Wine 100, May 2009

Pure and classy, this is a medium sweet Riesling of beautiful structure and great longevity. Pure lemon and grapefruit pith flavours ripple ober river pebble minerality with incredible line, length and poise.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

Best Under $20 - Spy Valley Unoaked Chardonnay 2008  Otago Daily Times, April 2009, April 2009

A fresh, zesty wine with sweet stonefruit and a hint of celery, and a juicy, crisp finish. Charmain Smith, ODT 22 April 2009

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Recommended - Spy Valley Unoaked Chardonnay 2008  Canvas Magazine, April 2009

Soft around the edges with a concentrated tropical  fruit core and hints of peach and spice. Lovely texture. John Hawkesbury, Canvas Magazine 4 April 2009

Spy Valley Chardonnay

92 Points - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2007  WBM 100 Magazine, April 2009, April 2009

With accurate black cherry fruits, plums, spice and lifted violet bouget, this is a deeper, more black-fruited Pinot Noir than the norm for marlborough, thanks to the cool location of the Johnson Estate vineyard from which it is sourced. The result is a delicious style with balanced coffee/mocha oak and very long, fine tannins.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

A hedonist's wine - Gewurztraminer 2008  REMIX Magazine, April 2009, April 2009

Another favourite producer of mine is Spy Valley in Marlborough and they certainly know how to make a powerful Gewurztraminer. A hedonist's wine is their Gewurztraminer 2008, with lashings of Turkish delight and ginger on the nose followed through with fresh citrus in the mouth. Drinking this wine is a pure pleasure; soft, alluring and sumptuous it is so inviting the bottle just dissapears.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

GOLD - 2008 Pinot Gris  Dallas Wine Competition, April 2009, April 2009

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

SILVER - 2008 Riesling  Korea Wine Challange 2009, April 2009

Spy Valley Riesling

SILVER - 2008 Gewurztraminer  Korea Wine Challenge 2009, April 2009

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 2008 Sauvignon Blanc  Otago Daily Times, Charmain Smith, April 2009, April 2009

Pungent with hints of kiwiberries, fresh guava and a hint of greywacke, this fresh, intense wine has a long, tingly finish. Spy Valley invariably offers good value.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - 2008 Pinot Gris  Otago Daily Times - Charmain Smith, April 2009, April 2009

One of the best and most reasonably priced in this group, this medium wine hints of eau de cologne, mint and tropical fruit with a hint of toffee and nuts. I enjoyedthe intensity, balanced and the long aftertaste.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 Stars - 2008 Gewurztraminer  Otago Daily Times, Charmain Smith, April 2009, April 2009

There's decadence in the wonderful aroma's of lychees, jasmine, roses and eau de cologne, but the flavours are more precise and poised in this surprisingly alert and fresh wine with a long, stylish finish suggesting eau de cologne mint and toffee. Delicious.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 2007 Envoy Gewurztraminer  Otago Daily Times, Charmain Smith, April 2009, April 2009

This wine has had some barrel fermentation and lees aging which tones down the tropical fruit salad effect and gives more complexity, texture and a nutty undertone to the luscious fruit. Delicious.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

90 Points - 2008 Riesling  Wine Spectator, March 2009, March 2009

Light and tart, with a haunting gingerbread undertone to the lime, guava, mineral and floral flavours, lingering on the expressive finish.

Spy Valley Riesling

3 Stars - 2008 Riesling  Otago Daily Times, Charmain Smith, 2009, March 2009

Perfumed with pineapple, lime and a hint of gorse flowers, this is a taut, racy wine, medium sweet but with a tingly textural finish. One of the few rieslings that invite a second glass.

Spy Valley Riesling

4 Stars - 91 points - 2008 Gewurztraminer  Gourmet Wine Traveller, March 2009, March 2009

Spy Valley is a specialist with Gewurztraminer, so it was no surprise when this lovely wine was unmasked. I found the nose rich and honeyed, with lychee and rose-petal fragrance. The flabour is equally rich, assisted by a little sweetness, and is complex and varietally precise.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

5 Stars - 2007 Envoy Riesling  Yvonne Larkin - NZ Wine Writer (NZ House and Garden), March 2009

WOW! My first sip of Riesling in 2009 and this is an absolute beauty! scented with yellow plum, apple skin, beeswax and ripe lime and white peach characters this wine simply singson the palate. Beautifully fresh and at only 9% alcohol it holds deliciously crisp, pure fruit sweetness and fullness on the finish. Just stunning with crayfish and coriander salad.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

4 Stars - 2007 Envoy Riesling  Otago Daily Times - Charmain Smith, March 2009, March 2009

Suggestions of zesty sweet lime and mineral, sweetish, but so taut and racy it's like dancing on a tightrope. A late harvest style with a steely, crisp finish.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

EXCEPTIONAL - 2007 Riesling  Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences (Volume XIV, Issue 6), March 2009

QUince and a tad of Kerosene, with a layer of tropical fruit. Soft and balanced.

Spy Valley Riesling

89 Points - 2008 Sauvignon Blanc  Wine spectator's daily wine picks, March 2009

Serves up a fragrant medley of tart, black currant, grapefruit and crushed stone nuances. Sea salt and oyster shell give this a savoury edge, with fresh thyme and lime extending through the finish. Drink now.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 stars - 90 Points - 2008 Riesling  Gourmet Traveller Wine, March 2009, March 2009

Spy Valley impressed me with its generous tropical fruit, including paw paw and pineapple. Bourne agreed, adding 'richness, honey and lime'. The wine's full and round in the mouth with a good depth of ripe flavour and a touch of sweetness. It finishes softly, with a light grip.

Spy Valley Riesling

TROPHY AND GOLD - 2008 Noble Riesling  Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, March 2009

Spy Valley Noble Riesling

SILVER - 2008 Riesling  Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2009, March 2009

Spy Valley Riesling

4 Stars - 2008 Spy Valley Noble Riesling  Winestate magazine, March 2009, March 2009

Attractively scented, citrusy, gently honeyed bouquet. Already delicious, with generous depth of ripe, citrusy, honeyed flavours, hints of lime and marmalade, and a sweet, smooth finish.

Spy Valley Noble Riesling

4 Stars - 2008 Noble Sauvignon Blanc  Winestate magazine, March 2009, March 2009

Delicious young, with concentrated, very ripe (31.6 brix) peach and passionfruit flavours and a hint of honey. Very harmonious, with a subtle bitrytis influence and well-rounded finish.

Spy Valley Noble Sauvignon Blanc

2008 Gewurztraminer - 5 Stars, Top Five & Best Buy  Cuisine, February 2009, February 2009

'Rich without being too bold' thought Cameron Douglas. Out-there ginger, orange peel and spice flavours are delivered on a rich, oily tide. This would be a great apertife, with a smoked salmon mousse.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

2008 Pinot Gris - HIGH 4 STARS, Top Five and Best Buy  Cuisine, February 2009, February 2009

According to our surveillance, Spy Valley is up to it's old tricks - creamy, generous, oozing Alsatian-esque white stonefruit and nashi pear characters. Excellentfood style; foie gras comes to mind.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

88 Points - Spy Valley Riesling 2007  Wine Spectator, February 2009, February 2009

Spy Valley Riesling

90 Points - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007  Wine Spectator, February 2009, February 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay 2006  Wine 100, 96 Points, January 2009

Poised to enter the ranks of New Zealand's greatest Chardonnays, this ultrafine style is both concentrated and elegant, with pure white peach, grapefruit and a supporting layer of hazlenut oak. River pebble minerality gives this a Burgundian feel. 96 Points

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Full bodied - Unoaked Chardonnay  Wine NZ, January 2009

Deep yellow. Quite full on the nose. Nice quince, stonefruit and mealy characters, full bodied with some richness to the flavour and texture too. - Wine NZ, Autumn 2009

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Pinot Gris Short List - Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2008  Wine NZ, May 2009, January 2009

Rich, creamy nose. Full-bodied and relatively dry with lush, ripe flavours; grapefruit and lychee with notes of rose and spice. Quite big wine, yet nicely structured and well-concentrated. Shows good balance too with well-controlled alcohol.

 

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

95 Points, 5 Stars - Envoy 2007 Riesling  Wine NZ, May 2009, January 2009

Spy Valley are well recognised as one of the country's best-value wine producers, making consistently good wines at reasonble prices. The company's new flagship Envoy label raises the quality bar while retaining sensible pricing. Masses of sweetness balanced by sharp acidity produces a finish that's almost medium-dry. This terrific wine makes a strong statement. Powerful lime juice, rose petal and slate/mineral characters with good weight and considerable length.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

95 Points, 5 Stars - Envoy 2007 Riesling  Gourmet Traveller Wine, April 2009, January 2009

Creamy, sophisticated chardonnay with layers of pineapple, grapefruit, sizzled butter, brioche and spicy oak flavours. Seamless wine with impressive power and length. Very classy chardonnay indeed.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

Best Under $20 - Spy Valley Chardonnay 2007  Otago Daily Times, January 2009

White-fleshed peach and sweet nectarine, with a hint of nuts and silky texture give this wine a little more complexity than it's unoaked stablemate. It is silky, attractive and well balanced.

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

4.5 Stars - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008  Ontario Wine Review, April 2009, January 2009

Big tropical fruit nose with gooseberry, grapefruit on the tounge - this is a four star wine with the excellent price it offers great affordable value for those who like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - so i'll slip it a half mark for that.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - newly released Spy Valley 2008 Pinot Noir  Winestate magazine, April 2009, January 2009

Weighty and full-coloured, with a spicy, slightly earthy bouquet. Finely textured red with strong cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity and harmony, gentle acidity and a backbone of ripe, supple tannins.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

SILVER - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008  National Womens Wine Competition 2009, USA, April 2009, January 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

SILVER - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008  National Women's Wine Competition, USA, April 2009, January 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

SILVER - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2007  National Women's Wine Competition 2009, USA, April, January 2009

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars- "you know you're onto a winner" Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris 2007  www.wineoftheweek.com, January 2009

You know you're on to a winner when you pour your friend a glass of wine and they say "mmm that's delicious." What is it? they ask. You tell them it is Pinot Gris and they raise their eyebrows. "Really" one of them says. 'I've never tasted Pinot Gris like this before,' says another.

Yes, Pinot Gris, but not just any Pinot Gris. This is Spy Valley's top label 'Envoy' and the 2007 vintage is a stunning successor to the inaugural 2006 release. Grapes were hand selected and picked from their original plantings of Pinot Gris. They were whole bunch pressed and fermented in German Oak ovals. The wine was aged for a further seven months on lees prior to bottling. Now that the wine has had over a year in bottle, it is simply delicious. Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris 2007 is a light golden colour. The scents entice with spice and floral nuances. In the mouth the texture is satin sheet smooth and the taste is spicy and gently floral with a lovely frash seam of tangy citrus and a finish that fleshes out with freshly picked yellow-flesh peach. A hint of oak adds just the right amount of complexity. The result is very satisfying as the wine slips across the tongue to coat it with a vineous memory. Sue Courtney, 15 March 2009.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

3 Stars - 2008 Spy Valley Riesling - highest rated NZ wine!  San Francisco Chronicle, January 2009, January 2009

Lemon Zest and mineral emerge on the subdued nose. The palate is more assertive, showing sweet pink grapefruit, pomelo and a back note of tropical fruit. Clean, persistence and polished finish; great balance.

Spy Valley Riesling

92 Points - 2008 Year's Best - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2007  Wine & Spirits, January 2009, January 2009

The concentrated 2007 has enough structure to carry its substantial fruit. It's a big wine... flavours are ripe and long lasting, with an Asian spice complexity.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

5 Stars - 2008 Gewurztraminer  Winestate Magazine, January 2009, January 2009

Exotically perfumed, gingerly bouquet. Mouthfilling and intensely varietal, with concentrated spice and lychee flavours, slight sweetness and balanced acidity. Weighty, rich and already delicious. - Marlborough Regional Tasting, Winestate

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 2008 Pinot Gris  Winestate Magazine, January 2009, January 2009

Slightly honeyed, mouthfilling wine with ripe stonefruit and spice flavours. Musky and oily, with an impressive richness. - Marlborough Regional Tasting, Winestate Magazine.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Outstanding and Best Value Sauvignon Blanc! - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008  Wine NZ, Summer 08, January 2009, January 2009

This Spy Valley wine seems to show some development on the nose already, it is complex and fragrant. There is moderate weight in the mouth, showing a nice touch of sweat, lifted passionfruit, gooseberry and underlying notes of ripe peach. it is nice to see this degree of complexity. With its combination of lovely concentration, really nice ripeness and clean bright acid on the finish, this Sauvignon is a cut above and is super buying for this summer.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

92 Points - Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir 2010  huonHooke.com, December 2008

Good depth of colour, but not dark. Pleasant spicy cherry bouquet with some softening as a result of development. Plenty of fruit and flavour, aging well and preserving good freshness. I like this.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

Blue Gold Medal - 2008 Pinot Gris  Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, December 2008

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

GOLD - 2007 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  The U.S. Professional Wine Buyer Competition, December 2008

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Blue Gold Medal - 2007 Pinot Noir  Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, December 2008

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Highly Commended - Gewurztraminer 2008  Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, December 2008

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

5 Stars - 2006 Envoy Riesling  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2009, November 2008, November 2008

This 2006 vintage is gently sweet. Matured in large oak casks, it is yellow/green with a beautifully scented, complex bouquet, slightly toasty and rich. Light, it has deep, vibrant, citrusy, limey, slightly minerally flavours, racy and long.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

4 Stars - Spy Valley 2007 Pinot Noir  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2009, November 2008

Generous and silky-textured, it is bright ruby, with a floral bouquet. Mouthfilling, with fresh, strong, cherryish, plummy flavours, rich and rounded, it is delicious now, but should be even better during 2009.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

5 Stars - 2006 Envoy Chardonnay  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines , November 2008

Launched from the 2005 vintage (5 stars), this distinguished wine is estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley. The 2006 is poised and immaculate. Pale straw, with a fresh, slightly nutty bouquet, it is mouthfilling youthful with rich, ripe, peach and grapefruit flavours, subtle oak and a long, harmonious finish. A very classy wine, it's still unfolding and likely to be at it's peak around 2010.

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

4 Stars - Spy Valley 2007 Chardonnay  Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2009, November 2008

A consistently attractive, top value wine. A fresh, mouthfilling wine with strong grapefruit and stone-fruit flavours, it shows good weight and cencentration with a dry, lingering finish.

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars - Spy Valley 2008 Gewurztraminer  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2009, November 2008

This wine consistently offers great value. It's a full bodied wine with soft, slightly sweet pear, citrus fruit and spice flavours, a hint of ginger, and excellent depth, varietal character and harmony.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4.5 Stars - Envoy 2007 Pinot Gris  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2009, November 2008

The 2007 is still very youthful, but luch and lovely, with a soft texture and rich, peachy, gently sweet flavours. Fleshy and very harmonious, with greater complexity than most New Zealand Pinot Gris and obvious cellaring potential, it is best opened mid-2009+.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

4 Stars - 2008 Spy Valley Pinot Gris  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2009, November 2008

The 2008 is another winner. It's ripely scented and mouthfilling, with a slightly sweet, peachy, spicy flavours, strongly varietal and very harmonious. Delicious from the start.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Another GOLD for Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008!  International Aromatic Wine Competition 2008, November 2008

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

GOLD - 2008 Sauvignon Blanc  Old Ebbitt Grill International Wines for Oysters Competition 2008, November 2008

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

A Simply Remarkable Wine - Spy Valley 2008 Gewurztraminer  Hospitality Magazine 2008, November 2008

This wine smacks you in the nose with a large bouquet of roses, a tray of homemade gingernuts and box of lavender scented Turkish delight. If that doesn't get you, the palate has a flavour of ginger beer, violets, roses and apples. The acid and alcohol are balanced, the wine is fresh and delicious. A simply remarkable wine.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

A Charming Wine - Spy Valley Riesling 2008  Hospitality Magazine 2008, November 2008

Sun-warmed granny smith apples, honeysuckle and summer flowers burst from the glass. The palate is off-dry with a splash of sugar, but very juicy with sweet citrus flavours of mandarin and grapefruit with apple and honeysuckle. A charming wine with high acidity, clean and distinctive flavours and lengthy apple finish.

Spy Valley Riesling

Sure to please - Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2008  Hospitality Magazine, November 2008

Strong varietal aromas of pear, pineapple and peach with citrus blossom and spice. The palate is rich, full and spicy with white pepper laced with stone fruits, sweet apple and a splash of ginger. Well balanced, dry and tasty. Sure to please by the glass or with moderate to strong starters.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

TOP WHITE WINE - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2008  India Wine Challenge 2008, November 2008

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

GOLD - Spy Valley 2008 Sauvignon Blanc  India Wine Challenge 2008, November 2008

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

5 STARS - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2007  Cuisine Magazine, October 2008

Pinot succeeds when it keeps you guessing, the way this wine does. It has mascularity in structure, but there's no denying the overfall finesse and elegance. "A very stylish palate", noted Larry McKenna.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

GOLD - 2007 Sauvignon Blanc  Denver International Wine Competition 2008, October 2008

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

90 Points! Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008  Bob's Wine Reviews, October 2008

4 Stars, 90 Points. In a normal vintage I would pick this as an Awatere wine with typical pea pod and tomato leaf flavours. The wine shows reasonable concentration and has an appealing mineral/slate character. The flavours show good focus and purity. Good acidity gives a pleasantly drying finish.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

GOLD - 2008 Sauvignon Blanc  New Zeland International Wine Show, October 2008, October 2008

Abundantly fragrant and mouthwateringly juicy with bright racy flavours of grapefruit, passionfruit, gooseberry and lime.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver & Best in Class - Sauvignon Blanc 2008  International Wine and Spirits Competition 2008, October 2008

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver - Gewurztraminer 2008  Liquorland Top 100, October 2008

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Silver - 2007 Pinot Noir  International Wine and Spirits Competition 2008, October 2008

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Gold - Spy Valley Riesling 2007  International Wine and Spirits Competition 2008, October 2008

Spy Valley Riesling

Wines that add sparke - Spy Valley Riesling 2007  The Publican, September 2008

Salmon filled with lemon cous cous matched with Spy Valley Riesling - Salmon is quite a strong flavour and the flesh has a residual oily texture which means that you need a wine which is able to cut through this and has enough flavour to stand up to the salmon. The Spy Valley Riesling is the perfect wine to match with this as it haslovely fruit flavours of citrus, peach and apricot coupled with an underlying backbone of acidity to cut through the oily salmon flesh.

Spy Valley Riesling

4 Starts - 2007 Pinot Noir  Winestate Magazine, September 2008

Generous, silky textured and instantly appealing. Bright ruby, with a floral bouquet, it has mouthfilling body and fresh, strong, cherryish, plummy flavours, rich and rounded. Should be even better in 2009. - Michael Cooper

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4.5 Stars - 2007 Pinot Gris  Wine Orbit, September 2008

This is a very friendly and approachable wine showing floral, pear and apricot characters with soft spice notes on the nose. The well weighted palate has attractive sweetness, smooth texture and well harmonised acidity. - Sam Kim

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

GOLD & TOP 50 wine - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007  New World Wine Awards, September 2008

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

GOLD - 2007 Pinot Noir  New Zealand International Wine Show, September 2008

Dried rosemary, thyme and french oak nuances infuse the silky, spicy palate that's full of fruitcake cherries and plum.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

GOLD - 2008 Gewurztraminer  New Zealand International Wine Show, September 2008

Oak adds richness to the orange zest and honeysuckle aroma and slightly sweetish lychee and zingy ginger flavours.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Silver Medal - 2008 Pinot Gris  New Zealand International Wine Show, September 2008

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 Stars for Bubbly - Echelon 2005  Bob's Wine Reviews, September 2008

A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Apple, citrus and bready yeast flavours with a suggestion of chocolate box from the Pinot Noir component. THe wine is rich with a good texture. A fresh and exuberant sparkling wine offering good value.

Spy Valley Echelon

GOLD - 2008 Riesling  New Zealand International Wine Show, September 2008

Honeysuckle aromas and citrus and tropical flavours are balanced by crisp acidity in this juicy off-dry style.

Spy Valley Riesling

4.5 Stars - 2007 Gewurztraminer  Wine Orbit, September 2008

The nose on this wine is irresistible showing opulent apricot  characters with gentle spice and floral notes. The palate starts with a subtle sweetness followed by lovely silky texture through the mid range then finishes with beautifully balanced acidity leaving the palate nice and fresh. Not too sweet, not over the top in floral notes, it's very pleasingly poised.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

TROPHY - Spy Valley 2007 Sauvignon Blanc  Decanter World Wine Awards, August 2008

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2007  Bob's Wine Reviews , August 2008

This is the best vintage of Spy Valley Pinot Noir I have tasted. Bright plum, cherry, liquorice and spicy oak flavours with smooth, almost syrupy texture. Concentrated wine with character. Deliciously drinkable.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

5 Stars & Best Value New Zealand Pinot Noir - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2007  Decanter, August 2008

Rich, ripe cherry, layered fruit. Full, round, concentrated style, beautiful balance, lifted structure. Sweet, long finish. Delicious.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Join the Pinot Gris fan club with quality wines such as this! - Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2007  The Fine Wine Delivery Company, July 2008

It's impossible not to join the Pinot Gris fan club with quality wines such as this being released. Hot days and cold Marlborough nights have contributed to this stunning drop that oozes with classic notes of baked pear and stone fruit characters. The absence of oak ensures the style remains fruit driven and suitable to be consumed with or without food.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

GOLD - Spy Valley 2007 Pinot Noir  Japan Wine Challenge, July 2008

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

1st Place - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2007  The Fine Wine Delivery Company, July 2008

Before entering the wine industry my first wine experience was Marlborough Gewurztraminer, I can remember being hooked instantly by it's intense perfumed aromas and delicious sweet flavours. These days i'm still hooked and have narrowed down my favourites to a few with Spy Valley taking 1st place as my favourite traminer of the 2007 vintage. Lifted aromas of rose petal, lychee and spice follow through into a palate that is generous yet lusciously textured with hints of Turkish delight emerging in the long satisfying finish. It's no secret that this wine is the perfect match for Thai cuisine.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Adorable from the first smell - Spy Valley Riesling 2007  The fine wine delivery company , July 2008

Adorable from the first smell this stunning offering bursts with a rip infusion of citrus zest and tropical fruits. These flavours are repeated on the clean structured palate and enhanced by a touch of honey merged by a fine acid backbone that will make you smile after every sip. Aromatic wine lovers get back on the Riesling bandwagon! It's great drinking now and will improve for 10+ years in the cellar and in this case superbly priced. Enjoy!

Spy Valley Riesling

89 Pts - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007  WBM 100, July 2008, July 2008

Shows bright tropical fruits and leafy, grassy aromas, plenty of ripe impact and a real focus on freshness. The palate is accessible and ripe with lots of passion fruit flavour - softly balanced.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Spy Valley 2007 Sauvignon Blanc - a charming wine  Gourmet, New York, July 2008

There has been a judicious mellowing, and though most Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs still have at least a whisper of that original herbaceousness, others that I recommend temper grassiness with hints of melon and apple and are generally more graceful and less assertive. My favourite for our grilled poussins is Spy Valley '07', a charming, discreetly herbaceous wine, with melon and other nuances.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Pinot Noir - the old vixen gets versatile  F&B Magazine, June 2008

Very nice Marlborough pinot noir, from a winery with a strong record for this variety. QUite silky, young and fresh and opening up well each month to show a classy pinot with both finesse and drinkability and some lovely fruit. - Peter Saunders

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Under $35.00 Short List  Wine NZ, Winter 2008, June 2008

"Big colour. Some plum with lots of oak on nose. RIpe, round fruit flavours of cherry, plum and dried herb, black currant and some raspberry. Really nice depth of flavour and concentration with flavour right through the core of the wine. Wuite soft and glyceroly in the mouth with beautiful tannins. Has definite potential to develop too."

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Successful Pinot Gris requires fine balancing act  Otago Daily Times, June 2008

Spy Valley MArlborough Pinot Gris 2007 is zesty with delicious bright fruit suggesting ripe pairs and peaches and a hint of tropical, with intensity yet delicacy on the palate and lively, tingly finish.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Gewurztraminer food match - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2007  NZ House and Garden, June 2008

Try a Gewurztraminer with vanilla-braised duck. The salsa and ginger coconut rice call for something crisp and fragrant - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer will please the crowd.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

When the weather isn't crisp, the wine should be - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007  Contra Costa Times, June 2008

So, white wine fans, my pick this week are for you. Better yet, they all cost $20 or less... I also love the 2007 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc which is fresh and vivid with honeydew melon and some grassiness. - Laurie Daniel on Wine.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

90 pts - Envoy Chardonnay 2006  Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, June 2008

The 2006 Envoy Chardonnay is yet again, very well-defined on the nose with subtle honey aromas with hints of beeswax and lanolin. The palate is more malic but well-balanced with vibrant green apples and bitter lemon. Fresh and vibrant, this is a lovely Chardonnay to drink over the next five years. Neal Martin, Issue 176

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

89 points - Envoy Riesling 2006  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2008

...the palate has an engaging, waxy nose with grapefruit, lemon and apple with manolin overtones. Lively peach amd apricot flavours vie for attention on the mosel-like palate that should develop nicely over  3-4 years - Neal Martin

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

Medal-winning bubbly - Spy Valley Echelon 2005  Scenic Cellars Newsletter, May 2008

This wine has a beautifully, developed ripe golden colour. The nice biscuity, nutty nose is followed by soft fruit, lemon characters and a creamy, yeasty finish. The very light and elegant bubbles show the refinement of this single vineyard Champenoise.

Spy Valley Echelon

Highlights from the hills - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2006  National Post, May 2008

Marlborough's Waihopai Valley got its colloquial name of Spy Valley from the satellite communications monitoring base in the area. Here, winemaker Paul Bourgeois gets good fruity intensity from his wines. This pinot, fermented on indigenous yeats and aged a year in French oak, has lots of fruit, supple tannins and a nice, open, balanced style. The Chardonnay is also generous with good fruit. - Margaret Swaine

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

5 STARS - 2005 Envoy Pinot Noir  Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 08, May 2008

A serious yet seductive wine, deep and youthful in colour, it is finely fregrant, very rich and supple, with layers of plum/spice flavours, highly concentrated and velvet smooth.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

5 STARS - 2006 Envoy Pinot Gris VT  Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide , May 2008

Pale gold, it has sweet but not cloying flavours of stone-fruits and spices, notably rich ripe and smooth. It's a softly seductive wine, already hard to resist.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris VT

4 1/2 STARS - 2005 Envoy Riesling  Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2008, May 2008

Light lemon/green, it is very scented and punchy, with intense greapefruit and lime flavours, firm acid spine, a splash of sweetness, and bottle-aged, toasty notes just starting to emerge.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

5 STARS - 2006 Envoy Pinot Gris  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2008, May 2008

Beautifully scented and seductively soft, it's a medium style with substantial body and rich, ripe flavours of stone-fruits, pears, lychees and ginger. Very smooth and harmonious, it's highly reminiscent of the classic Alsace style.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

5 STARS - 2006 Envoy Gewurztraminer  Michael Coopers Buyer's Guide 2008, May 2008

Light lemon/green, with a perfumed bouquet of lychees and spices, it's a distincly mediumstyle, less alcoholic than many, with gentle acidity and rich, complex, delicate, slightly earthy flavours, already delicious.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

5 STARS - Envoy Chardonnay 2005  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2008, May 2008

Youthful in colour, with a complex, mealy bouquet, it is tight, stylish and minerally, with a fine thread of acidity and intense grapefruit and toast flavours, showing excellent delicacy, intensity and structure.

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

Silver Medal - Pinot Gris 2007  International wine challenge 2008, May 2008

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

90 Points! Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007  Wine Spectator, May 2008

Tangy and very fragrant, with gooseberry, grass, grapefruit-lime and stone nuances. Vivid citrus acidity and graphite minerality shape an intense finish.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

88 Points - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2006  Wine Spectator, May 2008

Focused and supple, with very good intensity to the wild berry, anise, green tea and black cherry flavours. Cedary oak and herb-edged tannins firm up on the earthy, lively finish.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

88 Points - Spy Valley Riesling 2007  Wine Spectator, May 2008

Fragrant Jasmine, tart green apple and tangy peach flavours give way to a touch of welcome sweetness, with lingering citrus acidity and persistent stoniness.

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Medal - Spy Valley Chardonnay 2006  International Wine Challenge 2008, May 2008

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Menu Match - Gewurztraminer 2007  Hospitality , May 2008

A light north Indian-style curry would suit this wine's attributes well. Use plenty of ginger, and don't be cautious with the tumeric. - Vic Williams

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Valuing those bright Sauvignon Blancs  Otago Daily Times, May 2008

Spy Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2007 is another good-value wine, slightly pungent with hints of raw quince, golden queen peaches and a bright, crisp finish. - Charmain Smith

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2006  Winepointer, May 2008

The fruit in this Pinot is quite lovely - concentrated depth, with a core of fruit sweetness and radiating layers of flavour. Great stuff. The acid is in good balance, producing a texture that's somewhere between juicy and tangy, and the tannins are exercising a modest grip; it's firm, but you get a sense they don't really mean it, and you can happily drink this now.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

GOLD - 2007 Spy Valley Gewurztraminer  Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2008, May 2008

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

88 Points - Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2006  Wine SPectator, May 2008

Focused and supple, with very good intensity to the wild berry, anise, green tea and back cherry flavours. Cedary Oak and herb-edged tannins firm up on the earthy, lively finish.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Royal Easter Show Gold Medalist - Spy Valley Echelon 2005  F&B Magazine, April 2008

Pale pink in colour from the pinot noir, a pretty fry apertif and canape style; a great appetiser to stimulate the palate for food. plenty of bubble and life; a classy wine and the sparkling enthusiast will be well pleased with this presentatuon of a dry, tasty presentation of both life and maturity. - Peter Saunders

Spy Valley Echelon

Royal Easter Show Gold Medalist - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2007  Peter Saunders, F&B Magazine, April 2008

Plenty of gutsy spices here, tasting pretty dry yet with fully ripe fruit flavours. A serious full bodied Marlborough gewurz, expanding and meldiongvery well after a year. Shows best with food yet a balanced and wide appeal style like this is very versatile. No surprise at a gold medal; this is a top flight wine in fine form. Ready, no hurry.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

There are still some great RIeslings  Observer , April 2008

there are still some great Rieslings in the southern hemisphere... 2007 Spy Valley Riesling is perfumed, yet under-stated, with fruit and acid in harmony.

Spy Valley Riesling

Rich, Fragrant Stickies! Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay 2007  Otago Daily Times, April 2008

Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay 2007 is a full-on wine, hinting of apricots, greengages and honey, with overtones of golden syrup and a wonderful texture and lingering finish.

Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay

Spy Valley 2006 Riesling  Air Gourmet Traveller Qantas Inflight Guide to Wine, April 2008

Mellow, delicately tangy riesling with flavours suggesting stone fruit, lime/citrus, ginger and honeycomb. An initial hint of sweetness is restrained by gentle acidity to give a pleasantly drying finish. The wine has impressive fruit purity and a silken texture.

Spy Valley Riesling

Marlborough Sauvignons live up to Reputation - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007  Sane Jose Mercury News, April 2008

A current favourite of mine is the 2007 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc which blends fruit from the Wairau and cooler Waihopai Valleys. The wine is fresh and vivid, with honeydew melon and some grassiness.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Open Sweepstakes Winner - 2007 Sauvignon Blanc  National Women's Wine Competition 2008, April 2008

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Spy Valley 2006 Chardonnay - 92 Points!  WBM 100 Magazine, April 2008

Overlooking a US intelligence base in Marlborough, Spy Valley is emerging as a producer of note in the region. Its latest Chardonnay is a citrus-driven style with a fine, minerally acid background and spicy lemon flavours lingering on a long finish.

Spy Valley Chardonnay

GOLD - Spy Valley 2007 Pinot Gris  National Women's Wine Competition, April 2008

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Spy Valley 2007 Pinot Gris  Wine NZ, Autumn 08, April 2008

Pleasant, rockmelon and lychee notes, nicely focussed in reasonable intensity with good acidity on the finish.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Chardonnay Under $20 Short List  Wine NZ, Autumn 08, April 2008

Vanillary oak notes on nose. Palate shows nice citrus and peach with a hint of lemon. Lots of oak influence. Full and flavoursome up front, tapering through the mid-palate. This is a big flavoursome wine with plenty to offer.

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 1/2 Stars - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2006  Winepointer No 3, March 2008

Gewurztraminer from a region more commonly assosciated with Sauvignon Blanc. My initial reaction was this this was an uber-Gewurztraminer but that might imply that the varietal character is distorted. What you have here are flavours and texture that take the variety to the max without losing touch with it: aromatic, bold, pungent, ripe, intense, fat, well structured... Enjoy this with well-spiced Thai food.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

2009 Spy Valley Gewurztraminer  Geoff Kelly, Wine NZ , March 2008

Gewurztraminer is at best a supremely aromatic grape, with so much character it is hard to make the subtle ones. John Avery of the famous Bristol wine merchants Avery's calls it 'a harlot among wines.' A pleasure then to find this elegant restrained yet flavoursome example from Spy Valley Marlborough. It smells of flowering ginger, rosepetal and lychee, and tastes of slightly-spiced bottled yellow stonefruits.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Viscous and flavoursome - Noble Riesling 2006  True Wines, March 2008

Very viscous, oily example with delicious upfront apricot and nectarine flavours and a rich generous palate that stays commendably focused, and never becomes overwhelming. A pleasant limey minerality carries the finish.

Spy Valley Noble Riesling

Wine of the Week - Spy Chardonnay 2006  Graeme Barrow, The Northern Advocate, March 2008

This 13% chardonnay has all the flavour, interest and elegance you want from a Marlborough Chardonnay, and is perfectly balanced to boot. Tasty and toasty, with some oak vanilla but not overdone, it is nutty and citric and extremely drinkable. Very good value too.

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Absolutely delicious - Noble Chardonnay 2007  F&B Magazine, March 2008

Absolutely delicious, a lovely dessert style, rich and indulgent without heaviness. Another to show the over-looked qualities of chardonnay, this one with a slow five week ferment then maturation in oak barrels. Excellent drinking now, but a wine in no hurry.

Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay

Robustly flavoured Chardonnay - Spy Valley Chardonnay 2006  F&B Magazine, March 2008

Robustly flavoured wine, some malo-lactic butterscotch tones with lees and oak-ferment condiments. Collectively a mouth-filling chardonnay with plenty to say; well suited to a wide rangeof foods, from veal to chicken and game meats. Two years fine drinking to come.

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Stand-out Sauvignon Blanc - Spy Valley 2006 Sauvignon Blanc  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 2008

The Spy Valley easily stood out among the hundreds of wines. The refreshing and quality characteristics were easily recognised as another example of New Zealand's undeniable ability to produce exceptional sauvignon blanc. The winery, in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, is producing a classic example of how this grape should taste. This wine is a bright lemon color with pronounced gooseberry and a hint of floral aromas. The palate offers tastes of grapefruit, mineral and green apple folded into a crisp refreshingly acidity.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

5 Stars - 2007 Gewurztraminer  Winestate Magazine, March 2008

5 stars. Exotically perfumed, with substantial body and a strong surge of citrusy, spicy flavour. Oily and rich, with lovely weight and texture. Already drinking well.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - Spy Valley Chardonnay 2006  Winestate Magazine, March 2008

4 Stars. Robust, generous wine with good weight, rich, citrusy flavours and mealy, toasty characters. Powerful style with impressive complexity and length.

Spy Valley Chardonnay

4 Stars - Spy Valley 2007 Pinot Gris  Winestate Magazine, March 2008

4 Stars. Fleshy distinctly medium style with an array of citrus fruit, pear and spice flavours, showing excellent depth, balance and weight.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

4 Stars - Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay  Winestate Magazine, March 2008

4 Stars. Fragrant bouquet of apricots, citrus fruit and honey. Briefly barrel-aged, with rich stone-fruit and honey flavours, sweet and oily.

Spy Valley Noble Chardonnay

GOLD MEDAL - Echelon 2005  Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, March 2008

Spy Valley Echelon

94 Points! - New Release Envoy Riesling 2006  Bob Campbell, Taste Magazine , March 2008

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

TROPHY for 2007 Gewurzt!  Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2008, March 2008

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Wine of the Week - Spy Unoaked Chardonnay 2007  The Northern Advocate, February 2008

There are many wine drinkers who love the taste of good chardonnay, but are averse to a lot of oak flavour in wine. And so, because most chardonnay's are oaked to some degree, they avoid them altogether. This is a pity, as chardonnay is the ultimate food white wine, and when crisp and fresh is ideal with summer seafood. Unoaked chardonnays are invariably fresh, although not all are crisp, but this wine certainly is both. It is critric and leesy, creamy with a hint of toffee, balanced, tasty and very drinkable. Well priced too. - Graeme Barrow

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Gewurztraminer Short List - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2007  WineNZ , January 2008

Consistency is something to look for in a wine producer - and Spy Valley have it and their wines feature regularly in our short-lists. This gold medal winning 2007 Gewurztraminer is mid yellow with a vibrant, youthful nose while rose petal and lavender mix with citrus in the mouth. There is moderate weight and concentration but really impressive balance with the alcohol particularly restrained and controlled. Recently bottled, this should really open and sing with a little more time.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - 2007 Sauvignon Blanc  Winestate Special Edition 2007, January 2008

4 Stars. Smells of freshly picked passionfruit with nice varietal pungency. The well-balanced palate has some pleasing 'crunchiness'. A well made wine.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

92 Points - Spy Valley RIesling 2007  WBM 100 Magazine, January 2008

92 Points. We all need a little bit of semi-sweet work from time to time. Spy Valley pulls it off at a fraction of the cost of most others, in this fresh lemon and lime style, knit together with a long line of fine acidity. - Tyson Stelzer

Spy Valley Riesling

Spy Valley 2007 Sauvignon Blanc - lovely, powerful, balanced...  NZ 2008 Guide, DECANTER, January, January 2008

4 Stars. Sweat and gooseberry, citrussy Marlborough nose. The palate has vibrant tropical notes. A lovely, powerful, balanced wine. - Adam Lechmere, Editor of decanter.com

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 1/2 Stars - 2007 Gewurztraminer  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2008, January 2008

Spy Valley 2007 Gewurztraminer - 4 1/2 Stars. Estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley, this wine consistently offers great value. It has a punchy, ripe, spicey bouquet. It's a mouthfilling wine with rich, ripe, well-rounded citrus fruit, lychee and spice flavours and a touch of complexity, in the calssic Alsace style. Delicious from the start.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

4 Stars - Spy Valley 2007 Sauvigon Blanc  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2008, January 2008

4 Stars. A consistently good buy. Pale and full-bodied, it's a very youthful, with fresh, crisp, passionfruit/lime flavours, punchy dry and long.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - Spy Valley 2006 Pinot Noir  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2008, January 2008

4 Stars. It's a refined wine, ruby-hued, with mouthfilling body and intensely varietal cherry/plum flavours, deliciously supple and floral.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

4 Stars - Spy Valley 2006 Merlot  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2008, January 2008

4 Stars. Dark, rich mouthfilling and generous, it has smooth, plummy, spicy, slightly gamey flavours, showing good ripeness, complexity and harmony.

Spy Valley Merlot

Success - Top 100 and Blue-Gold Award - Spy Valley 2007 Riesling  Sydney International Wine Competition , December 2007

Spy Valley Riesling

Success - Top 100 and Blue-Gold Award - Spy Valley 2007 Pinot Gris  Sydney International Wine Competition , December 2007

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Blue-Gold Award - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2007  Sydney International Wine Competition, December 2007

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Spy Valley 2007 Unoaked Chardonnay  F&B Magazine, November 2007

All the tone and freshness we could wish for in a lovely dry style with the structure and food-friendliness which makes unoaked chardonnay new light on the dinner table. A wine of good balance and wide appeal, able to fit widely with food courses.

Spy Valley Chardonnay

SILVER - World Wine Awards - Spy Valley 2006 Gewurztraminer  Decanter 2007, October 2007

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

SILVER - World Wine Awards - Spy Valley 2005 Chardonnay  Decanter, October 2007

Spy Valley Chardonnay

SILVER - Spy Valley 2005 Chardonnay  New Zealand International Wine Show, October 2007

Spy Valley Chardonnay

SILVER - Spy Valley 2007 Sauvignon Blanc  New Zealand Internation Wine Show, October 2007

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

GOLD - Spy Valley 2007 Pinot Gris  New Zealand Internation Wine Show, October 2007

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

GOLD - Spy Valley 2007 Gewurztraminer  New Zealand Internation Wine Show, October 2007

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

SILVER & Best in Class - Spy Valley 2006 Pinot Gris  International Wine and Spirit Competition, October 2007

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

SILVER & Best in Class - Spy Valley 2006 Riesling  International Wine and Spirit Competition, October 2007

Spy Valley Riesling

Spy Valley 2007 Riesling on Air NZ in-flight list  Viva Magazine, October 2007

With it's crisp limey acidity and pure apricot fruit run through with threads of mineral and floral, the new vintage of Spy Valley's consistently impressive riesling should be as attractive at altitude as it is down here on the ground.

Spy Valley Riesling

Ten Top 'Aromatic' Producers - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2007  Daily Telegraph, October 2007

Spy Valley Wines, Marlborough - This is set in Waihopai Valley, which is known as Spy Valley because of its golf ball-like listening posts. Sixty per cent of it's production is Sauvignon Blanc, but despite this, its Riesling and Gewurztraminer sell out as fast as they can be made.

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Top Ten 'Aromatic' Producers - Spy Valley Riesling 2007  Daily Telegraph, October 2007

Ten Top 'Aromatic' Producers - Spy Valley Riesling 2007  Daily Telegraph, October 2007

Spy Valley Wines, Marlborough - This is set in Waihopai Valley, which is known as Spy Valley because of its golf ball-like listening posts. Sixty per cent of it's production is Sauvignon Blanc, but despite this, its Riesling and Gewurztraminer sell out as fast as they can be made.

Spy Valley Riesling

2005 Pinot Noir - 92 Points  The Daily Pour, October 2007

Very good aromas of blackberry, spice, medicinal herbs, smoke and earthy autumn notes. Very soft on the palate with great acidity and good concentration. It displays notes of black cherry, berry fruit, and spice with nice tannins. This is still a little tight, but it is an undeniably great Pinot Noir.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

91 Points! 4 1/2 - 2006 Pinot Noir!  Wine Orbit, September 2007

This is another solid offering from one of the country's most consistent, qaulity Pinot Noir producers. The wine has a lovely perfumed nose showing floral, red cherries and a touch of dried herbs. It's elegant yet intense on the palate with a silky mid range, good acid and ripe, fine tannins. A well-structured wine yet with a very seductive feel. Excellent Value.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

SILVER - 2006 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Japan Wine Challenge, September 2007

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

SILVER - 2006 Spy Valley Noble Riesling  Japan Wine Challenge, September 2007

Spy Valley Noble Riesling

Spy Valley 2006 Merlot - 4 Stars, 87 Points  Wine Orbit, September 2007

The grapes have benefited from a favourable season achieving excellent ripeness and purity of fruit. A perfumed nose displaying ripe red/black plums and blue berries. The medium-bodied palate is beautifully balanced showing pristine fruit characters and fine grain but firm tannins coming from a three-week post-ferment maceration. Excellent structure. An elegant Merlot with a refreshing finish making it an excellent food partner.

Spy Valley Merlot

4 Stars - Spy Valley 2006 Merlot  Winestate Magazine, September 2007

Dark, rich red, hand picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts, blended with 14% Malbec  and barrel-aged for over a year. Mouthfilling and generous, with smooth plum and spice, slightly gamey flavours showing good ripeness, complexity and harmony. -Michael Cooper

Spy Valley Merlot

BEST Pinot Noir- Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2005  Canada International Value Wine Awards, August 2007

Marlborough is proving to be a great source for inexpensive, fine pinot, as in this example from Spy Valley, so named because of the American Satellite communications listening base just down the road. The fruit is youthful on the nose and palate with cherry and ripe plum, ably supported by a touch of oak and some fine elegant tannins, giving good grip.

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

JUDGES CHOICE - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2006  Canada International Value Wine Awards, August 2007

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

JUDGES CHOICE - Spy Valley Riesling 2006  Canada International Value Wine Awards, August 2007

Spy Valley Riesling

JUDGES CHOICE - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2006  Canada International Value Wine Awards, August 2007

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Spy Valley Riesling 2005 - 86 Points  The Daily Pour, August 2007

A very bright floral nose with citrus, peach, chamomile and apple notes. On the palate there are nice, slightly ripe flavours of apples and peaches. Nice.

Spy Valley Riesling

2006 Pinot Gris - 87 Points  The Daily Pour, August 2007

Nice rich nose with a noticeable yeasty note that is reminiscent of some Alsace Pinot Gris, however with much riper fruit aromas. Round and creamy on the palate with apple and nectarine notes.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

2006 Sauvignon Blanc  The Daily Pour, August 2007

A very vibrant, grassy, and spicy nose. However, on the palate the wine shows much ripe passion fruit, tropical fruit, and grapefruit notes. Racy and delicious.

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Wine NZ Recommendation - Envoy 2006 Pinot Gris  Wine NZ, Winter 2007, July 2007

The Envoy range is aimed mainly for sale in restaurants and a few wine stores, but the wines are well worth a search. With 22 grammes per litre of residual sugar this is considerably sweet than most examples, but it's still beautifully balanced. Think baked figs and pineapple on the nose, and preparefor a rush of rich, oily, dried apricot flavours. All that sweetness makes food a bit of a challenge but at the wine's launch, Aucklands La Zeppa restaurant suceeded pretty well with figs wrapped in proscuitto.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

Spy Valley Envoy Gewurztraminer 2007  Gourmet Traveller Wine - 4 Stars, June 2007

Turkish delight flavours and lifted spice/anise characters. Sauve and seamless with a pleasently dry finish. Another top wine under the flagship Envoy label. Excellent value.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

Envoy 2006 Pinot Gris VT  Sue Coutney , May 2007

Envoy Marlborough Pinot Gris VT 2006 is made from late harvested grapes without any botrytis. At first the lime sherbet-like aromatics give an impression of Riesling, then the hallmark pear aromas of pinot gris emerge. There's honey in the palate but with lovely piercing acidity coming through the sweetness to balance the rich, rounded, nectar with a sweet tangy acidity and lingering fruit salad flavours. There's a hint of herb, like pineapple sage, and a mealy richness from the oak ferment and seven months aging in barrel on yeast lees.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

Envoy 2005 Pinot Noir  Sue Courtney, May 2007

Envoy Marlborough Pinot Noir 2005 is a rich dense ruby colour with purple hints - in the light of the tasting room it seems dense and opaque. There's funky, savoury, pinot character to the nose with a pretty waft of rose petal and the taste is bright and spicy with a gorgeously balanced acidic core and deep purple black fruits, like plum and blackberry. It's inky and extracted, concentrated, earthy and spicy with a yeast leed-influenced thick creamy undercurrent and a long dry finish. A gorgeous evocative pinot noir but right now it just needs a little more time to let the tannins integrate into the core so the wine can develop a sexy voluptuosness, which it is showing glimpses of already.Despite it's youth it's delicious on it's own, but matched with olive tepenade spread on a thin slice of toasted bruschetta, it's even more sensational.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir

Envoy 2005 Chardonnay  Sue Coutney, May 2007

Envoy Marlborough CHardonnay 2005 is light gold, bright and gemmy and smells complexly seductive with its rich fleshy aromatics of smoky creamy oak, mealy yeast lees, stonefruit and toasted lemon. An opulent, mealy, barrel fermented style with oak spice from the classy French oak, it's quite grainy textured, the nectarine and citrus-like fruit is focussed and despite the overall opulence, it is long, lean and powerful, with great potential for aging.

Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

Envoy 2006 Pinot Gris  Jane Skilton, May 2007

Baked pear, sweet spice, quince and honey-suckle define the nose whilst the palate offers up rich, spicy fruit flavours of ripe pear and poached stonefruit, strongly textural with an oilyness that is beautifully balanced by bright acidity. There is residual sweetness but it forms an integral part of the wine rather thank sticking out obtrusively. Good length. Still very youthful, it will be interesting to taste this wine in another 12 months.

Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

Envoy 2006 Gewurztraminer  Jane Skilton, May 2007

Exceptionally well defined gewurztraminer on the nose; fresh lychee, rose petal and turkish delight, very aromatic with delicacy. The palate is spicy and rich with impressive texture; a touch of residual sweetness yet the wine is in perfect balance. Exceptionally good length. Really impressive.

Spy Valley Envoy Gewürztraminer

First Envoy Riesling 2005 Review  Joelle Thompson, May 2007

Love the balance, harmony, purity of Riesling fruit that shines from the first whiff... has all the hallmarks of top Riesling globally and is one of the best from Marlborough I have tried yet. LOVE it.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

4 Stars/87 Points - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2007

A tank fermented wine with 4 months on lees aging  which has provided upfront fruit characters as well as soft, fine texture. The nose is fresh and floral with ripe passion fruit and sweet herbs. The palate is juicy and lively with rounded mid palate texture and zingy acidity. As it's best: now to 2009

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

4 Stars - Spy Valley Area H Sauvignon Blanc 2013  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, November 0013

Bright, very pale straw colour with some green hues, near colourless on rim. The bouquet is softly full and voluminous with a well-packed aromatic melange of ripe gooseberries, exotic stonefruit, lantana, herbs and nuances of smoke. Dry to taste, mouthfilling and broad flavours of ripe gooseberries, tropical fruits and grass form a rich and dense core. The fruit is softly luscious with fine, gentle textures in support and slippery acidity enhancing the flow through the palate line. Waves of exotic fruit and herb nuances unfold and are driven by fruit presence and acid zest to ta a full-flavoured, long and dry-textured finish. This is a fulsome, lusciously rich Sauvignon Blanc with an array of ripe gooseberry flavours and slippery acidity. Match with Mediterranean-inspired fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘H171’ vineyard in the Lower Wairau, hand-picked and WBP, fermented in seasoned oak to 14.0% alc. and 2.9 g/L RS. 200 cases made. 18.0+/20 Nov 2013

 

Spy Valley Area H - Sauvignon Blanc

4 Stars - Spy Valley Free Range Riesling 2013  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, November 0013

Fruit from 6 rows in the ‘G Block’ of ‘Johnson Estate’ undergoing no sprays, hand-picked and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 9.0% alc. and 41 g/L RS, with a TA of 9.0 g/L and pH 2.92. 20 cases made. Full straw-yellow colour with light golden hints. This has a full and broad nose with deep, ripe yellow stonefruit and citrus aromas along with honey and funky, nutty, kernel and mineral elements. Medium-dry to medium in taste, intriguing flavours of savoury honey, stonefruit kernels, citrus fruits and nuts feature on the palate, forming a gentle, fine-textured line. The phenolics are well-handled. Mouthwatering, racy acidity enlivens the fruit and provides plenty of tension and energy. The flavours lead to a soft, savoury, nutty and honied finish with good length. This is a soft, funky-flavours, savoury and nutty medium Riesling with good acid energy. Serve with Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4 years. 17.0+/20 Nov 2013

Spy Valley Free Range - Riesling

Pure Silver Medal - Spy Valley Riesling 2013  Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013, November 0013

Spy Valley Riesling

Wine Review: Spy Valley Riesling 2011  winecurmudgeon.com, October 0013

One of the themes on the blog for the past couple of weeks has been value -- does a wine offer more to the consumer than it costs? In this, value is not about price, because not all cheap wine delivers value. Sometimes, it's just cheap.

It's also worth noting that a wine doesn't have to be cheap to offer value. Yes, it's more difficult for an expensive wine to do this, given that too many expensive wines are expensive because their reason for being is to be expensive. But it is certainly possible, and it happens more often than I acknowledge here.

One producer who consistently does this is New Zealand's Spy Valley, which as been making $15 and $20 wines that taste like they cost much more for as long as I have been writing about wine. I had one of those sublime, geeky wine experiences with the sauvignon blanc last year, and it's not even my favorite Spy Valley wine. 

That would be the riesling ($18, purchased, 12.5%), which is as enjoyable as it is difficult to find. I only see it in Dallas every couple of years, given the vagaries of the three-tier system, so when I do see it, I buy it, even if it's a previous vintage. The producer is good enough so that doesn't matter.

The 2011 didn't let me down. It's not riesling like most consumers know it -- no sweet tea-like sugar or fruit flavors that taste like they came out of a can. Instead, it's a dry riesling, complex with layers of flavor that range from petrol on the nose (a classic riesling characteristic) to citrus and tropical in the front and middle. It's still fresh and almost aggressive after almost two years in bottle, which is a sign that it's only going to get better with age.

Serve this to someone who doesn't think they like riesling, and see if they change their mind. Highly recommended, and well worth the money.

 

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver Outstanding - Spy Valley Riesling 2012  IWSC 2013, October 0013

Flinty stone aromas, pretzel, lemon blossom, lemon/lime and apple scents. Just off dry on the palate, the impression is more of juicy ripeness. Very clean, with spikey acidity, and a long refreshing finish. A very clever wine.

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver - Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2012  IWSC 2013, October 0013

Spy Valley Pinot Gris

Silver - Spy Valley Chardonnay 2012  IWSC 2013, October 0013

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Silver - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2012  IWSC 2013, October 0013

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Bronze - Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose 2013  IWSC 2013, October 0013

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose

Silver - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012  IWSC 2013, October 0013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

GOLD - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013  InterVin International Wine Awards 2013, October 0013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Silver - Spy Valley Riesling 2012  InterVin International Wine Awards, October 0013

Spy Valley Riesling

Silver - Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2012  InterVin International Wine Awards, October 0013

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer

Silver - Spy Valley Chardonnay 2012  The New Zealand International Wine Show 2013, September 0013

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Silver - Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013  The New Zealand International Wine Show 2013, September 0013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

88 Points - Spy Valley Envoy Riesling 2009  huonHooke.com, December 0012

Medium to full yellow colour. Developed bouquet with a distinct touch of kerosene which made it almost Australian to sniff. The palate is bone-dry and has softened pleasantly from age, although it is still a tad austere and needs food.

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling