Spy Valley takes its name from a satellite communications monitoring station located in Waihopai Valley in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. This has become a fairly large winemaking operation, but was established only in 1993. Initially the fruit produced was sold to other wine companies but in 2000 the first wine was made under the Spy Valley label.
The grapes come from estate-owned vineyards in the lower Waihopai Valley and select sites in Marlborough’s Wairau and Southern Valley areas. Chief winemaker Paul Bourgeois is assisted by a young, upcoming winemaking team. A state-of-the-art winery, situated in the middle of the estate vineyards, completes the picture ensuring the best possible handling of nearby fruit.
The range shows excellent purity and intensity of flavour and has been a mainstay of The Society’s List. Spy Valley excel in particular with riesling and gewürztraminer which stand out for their exuberance and superb value. The sauvignon blanc is generously flavoured with attractive grassy characters. Pinot noir can be wonderfully perfumed and plummy.