The Ara Wines Story
As if New Zealand wasn’t already on the edge of the earth, wait until you’ve made the journey to Wairau Valley, Marlborough. At 41.51S 174.01E, Ara Wines are literally on the edge of the world. Wedged between rugged mountains on both sides and with two icy rivers cutting a track through, it’s an extreme place. This valley is the definition of raw, untamed, cool climate. To say this presents challenges is an understatement. But digging deep and working in harmony with the environment builds strong character – and strong character makes great wines. In fact, the winemaking and viticulture teams at Ara Wines wouldn’t have it any other way. They live to embrace challenge – creating intensely flavoured wines that amplify Marlborough’s remarkable natural story. These strikingly different, complex wines illustrate their ‘Ara’ or path on the edge of the world.
Why's this wine for you?

When we think of breathtaking scenery we immediately picture New Zealand’s Marlborough region. As you fly over the sounds to land in Blenheim airport you weave through the undulating evergreen curves and bends with rugged mountain peaks and icy rivers that melt into the sea.

Within Marlborough lies the Wairau Valley which sits on an ancient river bed bordered by the Cook Straight, and here is where you will find the delights of Ara Winery.

The Ara Single Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is a transcending wine that brings the exquisite nature of Marlborough straight to you, in your glass.

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How's it taste?
Weighty, with tropical fruit flavours reminiscent of passionfruit. Restrained, ripe style with fresh acidity, very good richness and harmony and a dry, finely balanced finish. In other words - it's bloody good!
How was it made?
Ara have been crafting wine here since 1999 and consider themselves guardians of the land which they grow on.

The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from their flagship vineyard in the lower Wairau Valley with distinct pockets of cooler rows to stony sea breeze areas. Aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of fruit and the addition of light lee’s for added texture. 
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91 Points
James Suckling
Sliced apples, fresh pears, passion fruit, and lime curd on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity and a supple, creamy palate. Dry, citrusy, and delicious finish.
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