Spy Valley

About

Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneering what was then a Marlborough sub region, the Johnsons’ Lower Waihopai development continued, with the fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies. In 2000, they began producing and selling wine under the Spy Valley label, its name derived from a nearby satellite communications monitoring station (or spy base).

Easy Tiger

Waihopai and Lower Wairau Valleys

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Low Brix and low alcohol. 9.5%. Grapes are grown in Waihopai and Lower Wairau Valleys on alluvial soils. Partially undergoes malolactic fermentation for texture. All stainless steel. Green apple, ginger, crisp.
Scores
TBA

Satellite Sauvignon Blanc

Wairau Valley, Marlborough

Harvest & Vintage Notes
We are all Satellites drifting around a beautiful planet. A blend of three valleys with alluvial soils rich in silt loams and gravel. All stainless steel. Pear, stone fruit, layered.
Scores
2020 TEXSOM Bronze Medal

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough

Harvest & Vintage Notes
The tried and true of the range. Partially naturally fermented in older oak and the rest in stainless steel. We should all be buying this wine to drink now and buying more to witness it gracefully age. Passionfruit, sweet lime, pea shoots.
Scores
2020 Wine Spectator 90

2020 TEXSOM Silver Medal

Spy Valley Chardonnay

Marlborough

Harvest & Vintage Notes
A blend of two estate single vineyards: Waihopai and Omaka Valleys. Stony free draining soils and clay/loess over gravel, respectively. Mostly naturally fermented and then aged in neutral barrels on the lees. Ripe lemon, cashew, cream.
Scores
2015 Wine Spectator 90

Spy Valley Riesling

Marlborough

Harvest & Vintage Notes
A single vineyard wine. Grapes are hand harvested in 8 different passings and then naturally fermented in older oak and stainless steel. Dry. Nectarine, lemon pith, white pepper.
Scores
TBA

Spy Valley Gewurztraminer

Waihopai Valley, Marlborough

Harvest & Vintage Notes
A single vineyard in Waihopai Valley. Harvested in the cool of the morning and then left on the skins overnight. Naturally fermented and larger, neutral oak barrels. Mango, nutmeg, vibrant.
Scores
TBA

Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Marlborough

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Planted adjacent to the Chardonnay and also a blend of two single vineyards. Naturally fermented and aged in neutral French oak. Maraschino cherry, earth, clove.
Scores
2015 Wine Enthusiast 90

2017 Vinous 91

E Block Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Not just a single vineyard, but a single block. Johnson Vineyard E Block in Waihopai Valley. Planted in 1995. Fermented and aged in both stainless steel and neutral barrels. Citrus flower, green melon, elegance.
Scores
TBA

Envoy Johnson Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Planted adjacent to the Chardonnay and also a blend of two single vineyards. Naturally fermented and aged in neutral French oak. Maraschino cherry, earth, clove.
Scores
2015 Decanter 90

2015 Wine Enthusiast 90

Envoy Johnson Vineyard Pinot Noir

Marlborough

Harvest & Vintage Notes
A single block planted on clay and silty loam over alluvial gravels. Fermented in open top casks and then aged in neutral barrel for about 16 months. Cranberry, anise, spice.
Scores
2008 Bob Campbell 95

2014 Wine Enthusiast 90

2014 Bob Campbell 95