There is so much more to Marlborough than white wine. Given the valleys' ideal geology, geography and growing conditions for cooler-climate reds also, so its reputation for yielding world class pinot noir and syrah continues to grow as it deservedly should. Clayvin Vineyards is a perfect example of the expertise contributing to this flourishing reputation, producing as it does wines of remarkable structure, concentration, minerality and ageability.
With powerful, intense, peppery syrahs and elegant, earthy, red-berried pinots, Clayvin has since established itself as a benchmark for premium quality in the region. Elsewhere, the Esk Valley's pinot noir from the Awatere and Wairau Valleys provides an utterly delicious under-£17 introduction to the red side of Marlborough and one sure to inspire further exploration.