At the heart of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley lies the original Ribbonwood Block. Located
just north of the Renwick township on Conders Bend Road, the 15 year old vines are planted
on an unusual east-west direction, the resulting shade on the south side of each row produces
more herbaceous fruit than other sites in Marlborough. The fruit from this vineyard, and
that from carefully selected sites nearby, is essential for producing the expressive aromatic
and vibrant fruit flavour components for which Ribbonwood wine has become known.
The wines | As an expression of Ribbonwood's
ongoing commitment to the environment, Ribbonwood wines are produced in a modern Marlborough
Classic passionfruit and grapefruit flavours, smartened up with currant, capsicum and hints of
mineral. Mouth-watering acidity makes you want to take another sip. Close your eyes and imagine
how cool, clear water rushing over fist sized stones on its way to the sea would.
Gently off-dry, juicy palate with classical Marlborough Riesling flavours of mandarin orange and
peach. Finish is mouthwatering with juicy fruit and mineral-like acidity.
Dry palate with baked apple, quince and custard flavours and a touch of stony minerality.
Excellent weight, richness and bold, mouthfilling texture complete the picture.
Lush, rounded palate with dark and summer fruit compote flavours, along with some savoury,
smoky bacon notes. Charming, with good intensity and tannin structure.
Some gentle supporting
oak and dark chocolate
flavours add interest.
The trees | The New Zealand
Lowland Ribbonwood (Plagianthus betulinus) has attractive flowers and is often found
on riverbanks and at the edge of native forests. Over the last ten years we have planted in
excess of 1,000 native shrubs and trees to enhance both our winery wastewater treatment processes
and the biodiversity of our vineyard. More recently, we designed the Ribbonwood packaging
to embrace light-weight bottles and recycled cartons, further reducing our carbon footprint.
Since vintage 2009 we have been accredited for achieving 100% environmentally sustainable
vineyard and winery practices.