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Ben Glover is a winemaking legend in Marlborough. Having previously made wine for big New Zealand names such as Wither Hills, he has turned his attention to his own project. Zephyr 6 sauvignon is a smart reflection of the Marlborough style, with passionfruit, citrus and lemongrass aromas. Lifted, with a structural savouriness. The name Zephyr is a nod to Ben's love of vintage cars but also offers a neat summary of the style of this wine: the name means 'gentle breeze', referring to the modest winds that moderate these vineyards near the coast and alongside the river Opawa. This gives the wine its lovely elegance and restraint.
Product Code: NZ11461
Still a baby when compared with other regions, New Zealand has quickly earned a reputation for top-quality wine. New Zealand might be a relative newcomer to the wine world (in 1960, the country had fewer than 400 hectares of vine) but its rise to pre-eminence is extraordinary. The precise, pure flavour of its wines has captured the attention of wine drinkers; Society sales certainly reflect this.The country’s two islands cover a vast area from north to south (it is often quoted in wine books that if New Zealand was in the northern hemisphere, the country would stretch from North Africa to Paris). The maritime climate is influenced by the strong prevailing winds of the Pacific Ocean and the striking mountainous terrain. These factors give the islands a wide range of growing conditions; broadly speaking, the regions of the North Island tend to be warmer than the cooler South Island.The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and gewurztraminer . Of the latter three, young plantings mean many styles rely more on sugar than fruit, which we avoid buying. But the very best share the intensity and palate weight of great Alsace examples with vibrant, lifted flavours. South Island’s Marlborough region is the benchmark setter for the former, and there are many pungently aromatic sauvignons that are stunning. Look out, too, for some of the exciting sub-regional wines – the Awatere is Marlborough’s coolest valley, now making really attractive, delicate and grassy wines, and Nelson across the hills is yielding superb wines from quality conscious producers like Neudorf. The first sauvignon blanc vines were planted in Marlborough around 30 years ago, when most farmers were raising cattle or growing fruit. The wines have since taken the world by storm. Farms have been replaced by vineyards, and today, chardonnay and pinot also flourish in Marlborough’s cool climate. The choice is sensational, so is the consistency in quality. However, Marlborough is not only about sauvignon blanc and there are crisp, juicy chardonnays and ripe but balanced pinot noirs of excellence.Further south is Central Otago, in the centre of the island. Pinot noir is something of a speciality here, though on the wrong site it can have difficulty reaching full maturity in this continental climate. The best seasons produce the country’s most dazzling examples of the grape, full-flavoured and superbly pure, and the greatest wines of this scenic region are in high demand around the worldThe north island also boasts excellent wine regions. North of the city of Auckland there is the Bay of Islands where a unique microclimate helps winemakers produce some wonderful reds, and the Brajkovich family’s Kumeu River Estate, specialising in rich but elegant chardonnay, can be found just north-west of New Zealand's biggest city. Waiheke Island, just off the coast close to Auckland, also produces some excellent wines.Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island covers an extensive area of rolling hills, a sweep of coastline and the sharply dominant Te Mata Peak. The warm climate successfully ripens red grape varieties, the very best grown in the gravelly alluvial soils of the Gimblett Gravels appellation. Syrah is now adding its name to the roll call of successful varieties like cabernet and merlot. Chardonnay is well established here too, and the area makes some of New Zealand’s fullest and ripest examples.Close to Wellington at the southern tip of the North Island is Martinborough, arguably New Zealand’s most exciting area for pinot noir. The long growing season is particularly suitable to the slow, gradual ripening that this Burgundian grape so enjoys.
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The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020
"Best 50 wines under
£10: Winemaker Ben Glover made sauvignon blanc for Wither Hills, the huge
brand, but Zephyr 6 is his own project. This is compact and taut, not at all
showy or shouty, with great drive and focus. Think elderflower, citrus,
blackcurrant leaf and lemongrass. - Victoria Moore"
"Ben Glover who is no relative is an extremely talented wine maker and since he left accolade wines to pursue a family life at the family vineyard it as been very difficult to source his wines in the U.K.. I have followed him since meeting him in London and I think he would agree that this is not his best effort.
However it is realistically priced and certainly drinkable compared to mass produced wines from multi national concerns sold at a similar price on the high street.
I would suggest that it drinks better after being allowed to breathe and is best accompanied by food possibly charcutterie.
The minerality is certainly there but I had no sense of the usual New Zealand exotic fruit on the nose and only a little on the taste. Once you know this at the price it is a wine you can return to."
Mr David Glover (28-Jan-2020)
Mr Dawid Zielonka (10-Jan-2020)
"One of the best NZ Sauv Blancs I've had, especially at that price. Crisp, fresh minerality with green apple, lemon juice, passionfruit and a slight salinity on the palate. White pepper, nettles, passionfruit, green apple and pear on the nose. Great finish. "
Mr Alex Davies (27-Oct-2019)
"Zephyr find itself sitting somewhere between a French Touraine and a zippy Sauvignon that NZ has become famous for. On the nose you get all the NZ Sauv characteristics of passion fruit and gooseberry but the pallet is far more restrained. For me it was all a bit mixed, In future i'll make the decision of old world or new world rather than settle for a wine that sits squarely in the middle ground."
Mr Adam Tomlinson (21-Sep-2019)
"Highly recommend this if you like New Zealand whites. "
Mrs Alison Bell (26-Aug-2019)
"I bought four bottles on the basis of Mr Bourne's positive review and wished I hadn't. This is closer to an albariño or even a muscadet than a 'typical' Kiwi sauvignon blanc. I would rate the 'dryness' as one rather than two. Tastes differ of course, my wife like this more than I did, so perhaps it's my barbarian taste buds. However, I won't be buying any more, I greatly prefer the Villa Maria sauv blanc."
Mr Russell Watling (23-Aug-2019)
"Drinking my first bottle of Zephyr, with asparagus: absolutely delicious. Great depth of classic Sauv Blanc flavours on the nose and palate, gooseberry, nettle and rock melon standing out among those advertised on the bottle. Note so sure about the jalapeño, but maybe I’ll get there. Sarah describes it as ‘elegant’: I agree! And an absolute steal at £9.50, let alone the intro price of £8.50. Well selected, Sarah!"
Mr Stephen R R Bourne (29-Apr-2019)
Decanter (3rd Sep 2019)
"This has all the
classic flavours of passionfruit, pineapple, green mango, ripe melon and pink
grapefruit, but winemaker Ben Glover has made it in a softer, more gentle style
- not slapping you around the chops like many Kiwi sauvignons do. A moreish
wine with a sweet mandarin finish. - Tina Gellie"
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