Corofin Meltwater Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (6 Bottles), Marlborough NZ

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We’re not usually the biggest fans of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. But Mike Paterson is Mike Paterson (Corofin)–a very talented grower and maker we respect enormously. This punchy, textured wine was initially made as an exclusive for his UK importer, and when we tried it, we were suitably won over.

This ticks all the right boxes with more texture and interest than the category typically delivers. The fruit also comes from a sustainably farmed vineyard in the southern foothills of the Wairau Valley–very rarely the case for Marlborough Sauvignon! It was hand-harvested into small bins with indigenous yeast fermentation occurring in tank (this approach is even rarer!) The wine was then aged on lees for six-plus months over winter.


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Established in 2011, Corofin is the new home for ex-Jackson Estate winesmith Mike Paterson and his partner Anna, until recently GM at TerraVin.

At this early juncture, while Mike is contracted to another project and Anna busy raising the couple’s two young daughters, Corofin craft two (soon to be three) single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, each in tiny 100-150-case lots. You can read about two of these “pretty special Marlborough sites” below (the third being the Weavers’ ‘Waihopi Slopes’ at Churton). Not too far down the line we’ll see a little Chardonnay as well.

For the time being the wines are made out of temporary digs at Fromm. Having spent the majority of their working years in and about Marlborough, Mike and Anna have no doubt regarding the potential of their adopted region, and were well placed to approach their first choice of vineyards.

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