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Bladen Wines: Hospitality and Handcrafted Wines

Dave and Christine Macdonald own and run Bladen Wines, situated in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Bladen is named after the Macdonald’s children, Blair and Deni, who were toddlers when the vineyard was founded.

In 1989, Dave and Chris left the city behind to chase their dream of establishing a vineyard and winery. The family embarked on a national tour to find the ideal winegrowing region in New Zealand and the perfect vineyard location. Dave and Chris are amongst the pioneers of the Marlborough winegrowing region where they ultimately settled, with only eight wineries in the district when Bladen started.

Dave and Chris have developed a reputation for creating cool climate wines of exceptional quality. Only 8 hectares of vines have been planted by hand at Bladen. All other grapes used to produce their wines are sourced from tiny vineyard blocks owned by friends. Almost every grape is checked before marking it into the final wine production which adds to the real handcrafted essence of the wines.


This has been a great year for Bladen with many award successes.

Cellar Door of the Year
In November, Bladen was awarded the Trophy for Wine Marlborough’s “Cellar Door of the Year” for 2017, jointly shared with Hunters Wines. On the same evening, Dave was awarded the Trophy for Wine Marlborough’s “Cellar Door Personality of the Year” for 2017 shared, with Kimberly Matthews from Brancott Estate.

New Zealand International Wine Competition 2017
Gewurztraminer 2017 – Gold
Pinot Gris 2016 – Gold
Pinot Rose 2017 – Silver
Riesling 2017 – Silver

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2017
Gewurztraminer 2017 – Gold

Marlborough Wine Show 2017
Gewurztraminer 2017 – Silver

Canterbury A&P Show New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition 2017
Pinot Gris 2016 – Gold
Pinot Rose 2017 – Silver

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards
Pinot Gris 2016 – Gold


Sauvignon Blanc 2017

A bottle of Bladen Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Light-straw with a green hue and a bright clarity. Lifted aromas of grapefruit and lemon zest, with subtle notes of stone fruit, mown grass and red capsicum. Layers of citrus and passionfruit on the palate with an underlying core of wet rock minerality. This wine has a fine texture, with a long refreshing finish.

Bladen’s Sauvignon Blanc is an accurate reflection of a true Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but remains incredible value for money.

Pinot Gris 2016
Currently out of stock

A bottle of Pinot Gris 2016

Light-straw in colour. A medium bodied wine with complex aromas of spiced pear, nougat, toasted almonds and quince aromas, a creamy texture and plenty of ripe fruit flavours which persist on a long, full finish.

Pinot Noir 2015

A bottle of Bladen Pinot Noir 2015

Deep-ruby colour, on the nose lifted red cherries and plum with a delicate aniseed and cinnamon note. A medium bodied wine with prominent red fruit flavour’s, spicy oak and savoury complexity. Gentle tannins and lingering acidity give velvet like texture with a fine finish.

Pinot Rose 2017

Bladen Rose 2017

Salmon-blush with a pink hue. Lifted red fresh fruit notes, such as strawberry and raspberry on the nose with a touch of thyme and fresh herbs adding to the complexity. Juicy watermelon and fresh summer fruits on the palate, with a hint of creaming soda. The palate is crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish.

Gewurztraminer 2015

Bladen Gerwurtzraminer 2015

A bright straw colouration leading to a nose of rose petals and Turkish delight. A full mouth feel with a rich texture and palate of lychee and gentle citrus. A balanced sweetness and floral tones.

Riesling 2016

Bladen Riesling 2016

Light-straw in colour with a green hue and a bright clarity. Aromatic notes of lemon, lime and apple on the nose with intriguing ginger and nutmeg spice notes. Medium bodied with layers of citrus fruit, zest and spice overtones.

Little Angel Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Little Angel Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Zingy tropical fruit flavours with a long finish. Fresh scented gooseberry nose with hints of lemon zest. Medium bodied and not overpowering, lively acidity and fresh fruit flavours.

Little Angel Pinot Gris 2016

Little Angel Pinot Gris 2016

Soft and silky Pinot Gris with a well balanced palate, easy drinking, showing luscious peach and apricot tones. Creamy with hints of nutmeg.

Visit our website to order your Bladen wines today. Don’t delay – we often find our stock of Bladen Wines runs out!