The 2022 vintage in Marlborough was one where Mother Nature certainly kept us on our toes! Undaunted, George rolled up his sleeves and is excited to share the Marlborough magic from this season!
As the vintage countdown began, Covid was spreading through New Zealand after two years of being kept at bay at the borders. As the Marlborough winery workforce dwindled, there were a few fraught phone calls, and it was all hands to the pump to get the delicious bunches of grapes picked and safely tucked up in the winery.
Some early rain also caused concern, but in the end, the grapes mostly sailed through harvest unaffected, and the latter part of vintage saw beautiful, dry, sunny weather for days on end. These later-ripening blocks had time to ripen fully and produce the little bunches of golden flavour we love for making our wines. They were harvested in tip-top condition to form the backbone of The Better Half Sauvignon Blanc. George was particularly pleased with the fruit from the Awatere Valley in 2022.
The Sauvignon Blanc this year is typically tropical and tangy, and the wines are elegant, flavourful, and bold. The Pinot Noir this year is fine and fruit-driven with juicy berry flavours and floral perfume coming together nicely as it rests in the winery.
“It was a year where experience paid off.” says George, “The 2022 vintage wines are elegant, fruit-forward, and tasty. Before you realise, you’ll be reaching for your second glass.”
We can’t wait to get the 2022 vintage wines into bottle and out to a wine store near you, they will hopefully be hitting the market midway through the year. In in the meantime, checkout our stockists page for details of where you can snap up the last few bottles of the 2021 wines!