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In 1842 James Holdaway arrived in Nelson and by 1853 at only 17 years of age he was working in Marlborough. One of his many jobs was driving a bullock dray carrying wool from the Awatere Valley to the Wairau Bar. In 1864 he purchased land in Dillons Point on the lower Wairau plains which he named Lowlands. Now his descendants grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes on this land.

Lowlands Sauvignon Blanc 2016

It is beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying passionfruit, rockmelon, feijoa and lime zest characters. The palate delivers superb fruit richness and intensity with perfectly pitched acidity, which provides a lingering refreshing mouthfeel. The wine ticks all the delicious boxes. At its best: now to 2019. Sam Kim

5 stars (93/100) , Jan 2017, Wine Orbit

Brilliant, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim.  This has a very fresh, intense and tightly bound nose with penetrating aromas of passionfruit, gooseberries, fresh herbs and snow peas, along with white florals and mouthwatering mineral nuances.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is up-front with rich and juicy, accessible, mouthfilling flavours of passionfruit and gooseberries.  The wine is harmonious in presentation and flows smoothly with softly fresh underlying acidity and subtle textures.  The wine carries to a soft, even, integrated and easy finish.  This is an accessible, gently mouthfilling Sauvignon Blanc with harmoniously integrated passionfruit and gooseberry flavours on a fresh, but smooth palate.  Serve as an aperitif and with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Raymond Chan

4 stars (18/20) , Jan 2017, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Pretty Paddock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and evenly presented with aromas of fresh gooseberries, white florals, passionfruit and tropical fruits, unfolding mineral notes at the heart. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a tightly concentrated and deep core with an amalgam of gooseberry and passionfruit, lifted by aromatic herbs and white florals, unfolding capsicum and nettle nuances. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with lacy acidity, and the wine flows with good drive, along a fine, dry-textured, thirst-quenching line, leading to a nuanced, gooseberry fruited finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and passionfruit flavours, fresh herbs and florals, on a lively, thirst-quenching palate. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Raymond Chan

4 Stars (18+/20) Raymond Chan, Jan 2017 , Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Precise and pristine, this fabulously aromatic sauvignon shows feijoa, grapefruit, lime zest and herbaceous characters on the nose. The palate is intensely flavoured and vibrant, and offers excellent fruit weight and power, wonderfully structured by bright acidity. Classically expressed and highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2019. Sam Kim

5 stars (93/100) , Jan 2017, Wine Orbit

Lowlands Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Youthful and pristine, the nicely lifted bouquet shows red cherry, plum, floral and subtle spice notes, leading to a juicy palate that’s elegantly weighted and textured. The wine shows attractive fruit flavours, backed by well-integrated fine tannins. At its best: now to 2017 Sam Kim

4 stars (86/100) , May 2014, Wine Orbit

If you are interested in wine or grape supply we would be happy to talk with you.
For a number of years we have used some of our grapes to make wine for the bulk wine market. If you have a requirement for bulk Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, either one off or longer term supply, please contact us to discuss.

Lowlands is the wine brand of the Holdaway family-owned and operated company with over 35 years’ grape growing experience in the Dillons Point and Lower Wairau areas of Marlborough, New Zealand. The company has six vineyards covering 150ha, and supplies premium sauvignon blanc and pinot noir grapes. We have blended carefully selected parcels of sauvignon blanc grapes to create our own unique wine.

We have an alternate label ‘Pretty Paddock’ for special small parcels of wine. Pretty Paddock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is a blended wine from grapes from our Charles Eyles and Opawa vineyards in Lower Wairau and our Lowlands Vineyard in Dillons Point.

For purchasing and general enquiries, please contact us below.

Email : info@lowlands.nz

Phone : +64 3 5787137

Lowlands Wines

300 Vickerman St, RD3

Blenheim 7273

New Zealand

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