Long time Marlborough farmers, the Jones family have three vineyards from which they source fruit for their Starborough label as well as growing fruit for other notable labels. With Two Rivers winemaker Dave Clouston making the wines they seem to be on a winning formula having picked up multiple Gold Medals for previous vintages. Starborough could well be the Star Sauvignon of this summer.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with richness of passionfruit, herb and mineral flavours. The nose is soft and elegantly proportioned with aromas of passionfruit, white floral aromas and nuances of fresh herbs and mineral notes. Lively on the palate and wonderfully structured by juicy acidity."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"It's powerfully expressed on the nose showing green rockmelon, grapefruit, feijoa and lemon peel aromas, leading to a wonderfully bright palate that's filled with attractive flavours. It's pristine and persistent, offering terrific drinking. At its best: now 2023."
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
95/100 NWWA (2019 Vintage)
"From one of the pioneering families in Marlborough farming who have vineyards in both Awatere Valley and Marlborough’s main valley, the Wairau, comes an awesome wine made from ripe fruit from both regions. With flavours of feijoa, lime peel and passionfruit, it’s intense and lingering – a great complement to fresh Marlborough green-lipped steamed mussels or even ripe rock melon and slices of prosciutto."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"This label typically offers good value. Estate-grown in the Awatere (60 per cent) and Wairau (40 per cent) valleys, the 2019 vintage is punchy and freshly herbaceous, with strong passionfruit, lime and green-capsicum flavours, dry (3.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) and crisp."