The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Celebrate sparkling wine on Méthode Marlborough Day

Méthode Marlborough Day is taking place on March 31, 2023, and is an opportunity to celebrate premium New Zealand sparkling wine and toast the close of the Marlborough sparkling grape harvest.

Marlborough’s sparkling wine harvest occurs earlier than that of still wine, with fruit being picked within a specific window of time when acidity levels sit slightly advanced to its brix counterpart.

Marlborough is known for its high sunshine hours and cool nights, and it is the combination of this climate and the regions unique terroir that enables the production of quality Méthode Traditionnelle.

“Méthode Marlborough Day is a celebration of all the hard work, love, and passion of every Méthode Marlborough producer, as well as an opportunity to showcase the excellent quality of Méthode Traditionnelle wines that Marlborough produces” says Patricia Miranda-Taylor, Wither Hills, and winemaker of Daniel Le Brun.

“Marlborough has a unique terroir and perfect growing conditions such as soil, climate, sunlight, and amazing passionate people making Méthode Marlborough wines.”

As the sparkling grape harvest begins, there is every indication that 2023 will produce exciting Méthode Traditionnelle wine.

“This years’ harvest was particularly humbling for our harvest teams, and they felt privileged to be to be able to safely get the grapes picked, after the devastation left across north island wine regions,” says Mel Skinner, Chair of Méthode Marlborough.

“This year we will be toasting the incredible people involved in the response and recovery of the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle.”

Méthode Marlborough Members:

• Esses Estate
• Hunter’s Wines
• Johanneshof Cellars
• LV Wines
• Nautilus Estate
• No1 Family Estate
• Pernod Ricard (Deutz)
• Saint Clair Family Estate
• Spy Valley Wines
• Tohu Wines
• Whitehaven Wines
• Wither Hills (Daniel Le Brun)

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