CLOUSTON & CO
As a youth, David spent his summer holidays exploring the valleys and rivers of Marlborough with his friends. During his teenage years, David earned extra pocket money by helping on neighboring farms throughout the back drops of the Awatere Valley and working for growers during vintage in the heart of the Wairau Valley. With some hard graft, and a cheeky glint in his eye, David soon gained the respect of local elders. Taking flight, David embarked on his OE and after 22 vintages abroad in locations such as Chile and Corsica, he returned home to Marlborough to set up his own venture. David saw a chance to start a wine brand which could deliver great ‘drinkability’ and offer growers long term contracts (that are both fair and offer a sustainable future for all). David works closely with his select growers and is involved with the day to day viticultural decisions, as well as orchestrating the development of new vineyards in the most extreme micro climates of the Awatere and Wairau valleys.
CLOUSTON & CO, CIRCA 1895, WAS MARLBOROUGH’S GENERAL MERCHANT, TRADING AND IMPORTING WINE, WOOL, AND AGRICULTURAL SUPPLIES. GENERATIONS LATER AND THE CLOUSTON & CO OF TODAY PRODUCES ESTATE GROWN WINES USING NEW ZEALAND’S DISTINCTIVE SOIL, CLIMATE, AND PURE AQUIFERS. THESE THREE INGREDIENTS CREATE A UNIQUE TERROIR PRODUCING GRAPES WHICH ARE EXPERTLY CRAFTED TOGETHER WITH A FAMILY TRADITION OF WINE, FIVE GENERATIONS IN THE MAKING. TAKE A MOMENT TO DISCOVER CLOUSTON & CO AND TASTE THE DISTINCT FLAVOURS OF NEW ZEALAND.
PINOT NOIR 2017
HAND HARVESTED FROM BROOKBY HILL VINEYARD IN THE SOUTHERN VALLEYS OF MARLBOROUGH. FROM WIND BLOWN LOESS OVER CLAY SOILS. WINEMAKING FERMENTED IN OPEN-TOP STAINLESS STEEL TANKS AND HAND PLUNGED. THE WINE WAS THEN AGED FOR 11 MONTHS IN FRENCH OAK BARRELS, 25% NEW. UNFINED AND UNFILTERED. STYLE MEDIUM BODIED AND SAVOURY. TASTING THE BOUQUET HAS LIFTED FLORAL AROMAS OF VIOLETS AND WILD THYME COMBINED WITH RED FRUITS AND A SAVOURY EARTHINESS. THE PALATE HAS CRUSHED RASPBERRIES AND BRIGHT RED CHERRY FLAVOURS INTERLACED WITH FOREST FLOOR, COFFEE BEAN AND BRAMBLE NUANCES. THE WINE HAS A FOCUSED FRAME AND A SPICY BACKBONE. VELVETY TANNINS AND FIRM STRUCTURE WILL ENSURE THIS WINE AGES GRACEFULLY.
SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
SOURCED FROM OUR TOP VINEYARDS WITH RESTRICTED YIELDS, LOCATED IN THE AWATERE, SOUTHERN AND WAIRAU VALLEYS OF MARLBOROUGH. FROM FRIABLE SILT LOAM OVER ALLUVIAL GRAVELS AND CLAY SOIL TYPES. FERMENTED AND AGED ON FINE YEAST LEES IN CONCRETE EGG, AND SEASONED FRENCH OAK BARRELS FOR 6 MONTHS. AN ABUNDANCE OF CRUSHED FRESH HERBS AND TOMATO LEAF AROMAS THAT MINGLE WITH SUBTLE NOTES OF GOOSEBERRY, FENNEL AND NETTLE. DRY AND SALTY TO TASTE, PERSISTENT FLAVOURS OF LIME AND GREENGAGE PLUM ARE REVEALED ALONGSIDE MOUTHWATERING ACIDITY. THE FLESHY PALATE HAS A LOVELY CREAMY TEXTURE AND A BRIGHT FINISH.