What does it mean to be the first spot on earth to see the sun each day? Outstanding Chardonnays, for one.
Gisborne, on the central eastern coast of the North Island, is known as the 'Chardonnay Capital' of New Zealand. And its hot dry summers and mild winters, paired with its rich alluvial plains make this region ideal for a wide variety of white wines, particularly Chardonnay.
Nobilo harvests grapes from around the region—from the golden slopes through to Patahai. This gives our winemakers an exceptional range of flavors to create a Chardonnay with an elegant palate and balance.
Along the eastern coast of the North Island, alluvial plains and hot, dry summers, with cool winters have created a place known as the "fruit bowl" of New Zealand.
Called Hawkes Bay, this is one of our country's oldest and most diverse wine growing regions. Full-bodied, fruit-forward Merlots thrive here, as do Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons.
Nobilo vineyards can be found in three different locations throughout Hawkes Bay, with a wide range of soils and climatic conditions. This gives the winemakers at our Corner 50 winery plenty of vibrant, ripe grapes to choose from when making Nobilo's rich, fruity Merlot and fresh, well-balanced Chardonnay.
"Hawkes Bay has been known for quite some time as being the best area to grow red wine in NZ, and red wine has been planted in that area since the late 1800's and have been shown to be very rich, full bodied with good fruit characters, we've followed that trend over the last 10-15 years." - Darryl Woolley
At the northeastern tip of the South Island of New Zealand there is a place seemingly created with Sauvignon Blanc in mind. Marlborough is one of the country's most sought after and respected wine regions, producing world-renowned wines, particularly the very distinct and acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc variety.
Marlborough is home to our state-of-the-art winery. Winemaking innovations are at the forefront of our quality-driven focus, with new equipment such as a centrifuge and new tipper tanks enabling our team to further refine and maintain quality control throughout the winemaking process.
So what is it that makes Marlborough so unique as a wine-growing region? The terroir is a rare composition made up of climatic and environmental contributors, set in an area that is one of exceptional natural beauty, unspoiled and surrounded by picturesque landscapes.
Isolated by high mountain ranges and close to the sea, Marlborough has one of New Zealand's sunniest and driest maritime climates. The sunny, but not excessively hot conditions allow grapes to have a long, slow period of ripening. Cool nights and long hot days bring out the best from the vines.
The average daily maximum temperature during summer is nearly 75°F, but clear, cold nights keep acid levels high in the grapes, even when their sugars are rising swiftly. The result: fresh, vibrant fruit characters, with crisp herbaceous characters—over-flowing with pungent, zingy flavors with sheer leap-out-of-the-glass intensity.
All throughout Marlborough lay river stones, reminiscent of the rivers that once ran through the valleys. During the long hot days, these stones store heat from the sun and during the night radiate the heat back into the air, creating a unique microclimate.
Nobilo vineyards are spread throughout the sub-regions of Marlborough, including the Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley, Valleyfields and Waihope, offering our winemakers a wide selection of flavor components from the different soil types and micro-climates of each unique location. The result is a Sauvignon Blanc that captures Marlborough's terrior—the unique characteristics of this, New Zealand's largest grape growing region.