[caption id="attachment_734" align="alignleft" width="863"]A lineup of Bladen's wine selection including pinot rose, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, riesling Photo: Bladen Wines[/caption]

It is winter now in New Zealand and Christine and Dave Macdonald of Bladen Wines, based in the Marlborough area are hard at work on the results of the 2017 harvest.

"The 2016 vintage wines have been fantastic and we are thrilled to still have enough stock to run us through a little longer as the 2017 harvest was smaller than we had hoped for.  However, this last vintage is showing great promise from the tanks and barrels we are sampling and the first of these wines will be bottled very shortly," said Christine.


Hot off the press is that the 2017 Bladen Riesling and 2017 Bladen "Tilly Vineyard" Gewürztraminer will be released at the end of August!

Bladen itself has sold out of their 2016 Gewürztraminer and 2016 Riesling. Hard To Find Wines, however, still has stock of both along with the other 2016 releases, so avoid disappointment and order yours now!

Awards and results

Bladen's 2016 vintage wines have fared extremely well, receiving multiple awards this year.

Here are some of the results they have achieved:

2016 Bladen Sauvignon Blanc

93 points - Wine Orbit, Sam Kim Reviews
4 stars - Cuisine Wine Magazine
4 stars - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

2016 Bladen Pinot Gris

Silver Medal - NZ Aromatic Wine Competition
93 points - Wine Orbit, Sam Kim Reviews

2016 Bladen Pinot Rosé

Trophy - Marlborough Wine Show
Gold Medal - Marlborough Wine Show
Silver Medal - Royal Easter Wine Show
4 stars - Bob Campbell MW 

2016 Bladen Gewürztraminer

Trophy - Marlborough Wine Show
Gold Medal - Marlborough Wine Show
4 stars - Cuisine Wine Magazine
Top Wine and Best Buy - Cuisine Wine
Gold Medal - Royal Easter Wine Show

2016 Bladen Riesling

4 stars - Bob Campbell MW