The brand name Spy Valley is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station within a few kilometers of the winery. 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 by the Johnson family, Johnson Estate was one of the pioneering vineyard companies in the Marlborough sub-region and remains family-owned. Eight varieties of grapes grow over 380 acres of free-draining, stony soils producing exceptional fruit for Spy Valley Wines. In ten years, production has risen to place Spy Valley as one of Marlborough's leading family-owned companies. Youthful and exuberant wines are crafted using modern winemaking techniques by winemaker Paul Bougeois and his team.
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The 2013 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc begins with pale straw color in the glass followed by a bouquet of herbs - sage, oregano, black pepper, with green ginger and a grapefruit/ tropical fruit background. On the palate, the initial feel is full and soft. Layers of fresh fruit unfold to more savory... more
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Pale straw in color. Classic Marlborough aromas of grapefruit, elderflower and a fusion of tropical fruits. Crisp and fine with a silken mouthfeel. Pure fruit flavors that persist through to a dry finish. more
The 2012 Spy Valley Pinot Noir opens to deep purple/garnet color in the glass. Fragrant dried spices, toasted nuts, cocoa and plum/boysenberry fruit aromas. The low yielding harvest is apparent in the texture and palate density. Layers of red fruits and ground spices overlay a mouth filling and... more
Riesling grapes are carefully selected from the best vines in the Spy Valley Marlborough vineyard, gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to give intense floral and citrus characters. The wine is fruit-driven in style, elegant and delicate. The bouquet is citrus predominant, with... more
Pale straw in color with intense amalgam of limes, grapefruit, and underlying rich tropical fruit aromas. It has an inviting and fine texture that brings out the citrus and currant flavors of the wine. Pure fruit and vibrant acidity leave a sustained, dry finish.
Garnet red in color. Aromas of fragrant dried spice, blackberry and plum, with wafts of freshly ground coffee. A multi-layered wine delivering sweet fruit, and a creamy mid-palate. Savory hints are seen behind the typical licorice and red fruit characters of our vineyards.
The Spy Valley Riesling 2011 is pale gold in color.
On the nose, ginger, lime and floral notes with a hint of flint. The palate is full and rich with ripe citrus and wet-stone flavor spectrum, and the finish is persistent and dry. more
A garnet color with a bouquet of red fruits, plum and sweet cherry are underpinned with fragrant notes of spice and dried sage. Fruit forward with a long supple structure, licorice and cocoa notes are typical of our vineyard site.
Sauvignon Blanc is grown in our Marlborough vineyard on stony riverbed terraces, gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to give intense passionfruit and gooseberry fruit characters. The wine is fruit-driven in style, with complexity from lees ageing for several months in stainless... more
Bright lemon in color. The bouquet is classic Marlborough aromas of grapefruit, elderflower and ripe stonefruit. Juicy and lithe, the palate is full and rich with a ripe citrus flavour spectrum, the finish is persistent and dry.
Ruby in color, the wine displays a bouquet of sweet cherry and red fruits which are underlined by fragrant notes of
incense, mocha and lavender.
The palate displays fresh fruit which supports a crisp and crunchy texture, with a long firm
finish. Just a touch of the usual licorice note from... more