When we started we were brave,
or silly, and amongst the only ones.
Now we share the valley with many others.
It’s what this place was for. It's our house
our exciting crowded house.
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.
The 2019/2020 season will be one to remember for a number of reasons. Spring started out with mixed weather – cool temperatures, strong north-west winds, rain and a healthy dose of sunshine which became settled warm weather through flowering in December, ensuring a modest fruit set. Late January into February was hotter than average and very dry, then eased into classic Marlborough warm days and cool nights. Those warm days and cool nights help to express the unique fruit profile of Marlborough with fresh, juicy acidity to match.
Quintessentially Marlborough, the wine is strikingly vibrant with aromatics of lime zest, kiwifruit, orange blossom and a subtle note of rockmelon. The palate is soft and rich initially, then carried by juicy acidity to a long refreshing finish.
The 2018 vintage was similar to 2017 in that a fantastic dry and warm start to the season was met with some indi! erent wet weather close to harvest, requiring quick decision making to ensure fruit was picked in sound condition. The great start to the season and hot Summer ensured there was still nice " avour development and by picking early,we have retained a lovely reshness in the wine.
The wine displays bright aromatics of wild strawberries and raspberries with underlying spice and barrel char notes. Light bodied, the palate is fresh with red berry notes and gentle oak integration carrying the wine to a smooth finish.