Bright & long summer days with cool nights typify the climate in Marlborough & result in the ability to produce crisp, zesty whites & suave cool climate reds. Marlborough is defined by two districts, the Wairau & Awatere, both ancient riverbeds with free draining alluvial loam over gravelly subsoil. Within these sub regions are a varying & complex array of micro climate & soils. The long, consistent growing season, temperate pacific breeze & cool nights preserve the bright fruit characters, which encourage classic Marlborough wines. Sauvignon Blanc is still the region’s principal grape but the climate is cool & recently fine examples of Riesling & Pinot Gris have emerged. The regions is now the largest producer of Pinot Noir & acclaim is mounting for these fragrant, supple, mouth filling reds.
SOHO sources grapes from their own vineyards in the Wairau Valley (Brancott sub region). Additionally SOHO’s winemaker Dave Clouston tends to various special vineyards within the valleys enabling him to unleash Marlborough’s full potential, crafting wines of the land – pure, taut & focused.
SOHO’s Jomara & Yarrum vineyards
The White wines are mostly planted on free draining silty clay loams on the flats, soils that predominantly express citrus & grapefruit flavours. The Pinot Noir is on a clay loam soil on gentle, closely planted hill slopes which express cherry, plum & earthy characters. The clay loams are more moisture retentive soils, making use of Marlborough’s unrushed ripening season