Spy Valley Wines is situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka river are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Established in 1993 and planted on land considered too hard, too dry and unfertile for wine production, Spy Valley has since become one of Marlborough’s finest cool climate vineyards. Ten varieties of grapes over 380 acres of vineyards. Hard stony alluvial floodplains, free draining lower terraces and loess covered hill slopes allow for each variety to be planted on a site perfectly suited to optimal growth. Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneers in what was then a Marlborough sub region, the Lower Waihopai development continued with fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies. Our environment is the most important thing we have. Without it there is no Spy Valley Wines. As a result we are continually looking at what we can do better in reducing waste, implementing sustainable practices and protecting our irreplaceable environment. From vintage 2000 wine was produced and sold under the Spy Valley label. The brand name SPY VALLEY® is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station (spy base) nearby, part of the Echelon Global Network.
Pale straw in colour. The bouquet shows an intense amalgam of limes, grapefruit, and underlying rich tropical fruit. The palate is inviting and fine texture brings out the citrus and currant flavours of the wine. Pure fruit and vibrant acidity leave a sustained, dry finish.