Gold Medal – New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition 2020
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."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"This label typically offers good value. Estate-grown in the Awatere (75 per cent) and Wairau (25 per cent) valleys, the 2020 vintage (4*) is aromatic and full-bodied, with punchy, vibrant tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavours, and a dry (3 grams/litre of residual sugar), crisp, lingering finish."