There is something very special about Marlborough. We are yet to visit a more ideally located wine region and a climate more suited to high quality cool-climate viticulture. Its high sunshine hours, crisp clean air, low summer rainfall and virgin soils make for consistently high quality wines. Having followed and now lived with Marlborough's progression over the last 15 years, we continue to be fascinated by the diversity of styles of wine that this region can produce, the sub-regional variation and excited by what may evolve in the future as the region matures.
And then of course there's the outdoor lifestyle…from the snow-capped mountains and alpine lakes in one direction, to rugged coastlines and stunning tramping through native bush the other. We can still remember flying into Marlborough for the first time in 2005, over the labyrinth of finger-like outcrops and deep turquoise water that are the drowned valleys of the stunning Marlborough Sounds, and into the crisp air that awaited me on the ground. It is something that still gives me goosebumps every time we fly in today.
Our philosophy is simple - source outstanding fruit from exceptional vineyard sites. We believe the most critical decision in winemaking is deciding when to pick. Once harvested, our role is to simply steer the fruit in the right direction in order to best express the vibrant fruit flavours that Marlborough is renowned for while respecting the subtle differences of each site.
Our aspiration at Crowded House is to produce wines that capture the very essence of Marlborough, with vibrant and fresh aromatics, powerful fruit concentration and a refreshing, cleansing acid finish. These wines are about fruit purity, and our aim is for them to be equally enjoyable to drink by themselves amongst friends, as they are paired with a variety of foods.
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