We are honouring this foresight by releasing this range of single vineyard wines expressing the unique terroir of this 'home block' site.
Selected parcels of carefully chosen fruit...

Click the images above to view tasting notes

Estate Range

Our flagship wine is Sauvignon Blanc, while the rest of the portfolio comprises Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Estate range of wines is about wines that are true to their varieties and also give you a sense of place. They are typically elegant in style expressing the sites with careful winemaking to make the best style from the variety and region.

Sauvignon Blanc

We use some of the oldest vines on our estate (planted in 1983) to make up the blend in this wine, which gives us fruit with very good intensity and weight. Located on the northern side of the Wairau Valley, the flavours produced from this vineyard are in the tropical spectrum with notes of pink grapefruit, passionfruit and gooseberry.

Planting on the alluvial soil of old riverbeds gives the wine a fine mineral acidity. This Sauvignon Blanc is produced in a dry style, with around 2 -3 grams of residual sugar and a tightly wound pH to give a longer cellaring life of 2-3 years from bottling.


Our Riesling vines, planted in 1992, consistently produce lemon and lime and classic stone fruit characters year after year. The stony alluvial soils give fantastic minerality balanced with orange blossom and citrus flavours. Due to low cropping this wine has a powerful intensity and great length – with excellent aging potential.

We have crafted this wine in an off dry style – with racy acidity to tantalise the palate.

Summer Riesling

A relatively new addition to our line with the 2007 vintage being the first. The aim to get as close as we can to those classic German Rieslings – with high sugar, low alcohol, wonderful acidity making a truely balanced wine.

Pinot Gris

We are fortunate to have some of the oldest Pinot Gris vines in Marlborough – planted in 1990. This gives us fruit with great intensity of flavour with palate weight. The grapes are low cropped and then a portion of this wine is fermented in old oak using indigenous yeast, not to give oak character but to add layers of flavour and texture.

The balance is tank fermented and aged on light lees, giving a creaminess and mid palate weight. It is a dry wine with classic pear and quince texture and flavours with super length.


We have been growing Chardonnay since establishing our vineyards. We believe using different clones (clone 6 and 15) gives our winemakers a choice of components when blending to create a wine with greater breadth and complexity.

Only 30-40% of this wine is aged in oak, thus adding a creamy texture without overshadowing the fine natural acidity and stone fruit flavours. A touch of oak - and allow the fruit to shine, that's our philosophy with this chardonnay!


This is a famously fickle variety, but when grown on the right site it’s distinctive flavours and unique palate structure produce a wine like no other. With this wine we want to express the true characters of Gewürztraminer; musk, Turkish delight, rose petal, and orange rind, balanced with good weight and viscosity. A favourite with the Wairau family, the Gewürztraminer is produced in a dry style which cellars well and opens up after a year in the bottle.

Pinot Noir

This wine is a blend of two of our estate vineyards and also a combination of clones. With careful vineyard management, the crops are kept low to intensify flavour and extract colour. The Pinot Noir is fermented, pressed off and aged in French oak for about 9 months, then bottled. The aim with this wine is to be more fruit driven whilst retaining the inherent characteristics of Pinot Noir.


Grown at winemakers Sam Rose’s home vineyard, our first vintage release of this wine is the 2009.

Contact Us
© Copyright (2012) Wairau River Wines. All rights reserved. |  Website managed by Media Suite