Seven Questions with Jamie Marfell: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORY WITH STONELEIGH? My first year being a trainee winemaker, tasting the wines from the fantastic 1989 vintage. I can still remember both the Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Both were unbelievable. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SUMMER MEAL TO PAIR WITH THE STONELEIGH SAUVIGNON BLANC? Seamed mussels and clams in a Sauvignon Blanc broth infused with coriander and lemon grass. Clean fresh flavors that complement the wine. WHAT DIFFERENTIATES STONELEIGH WINES FROM OTHER WINEMAKERS IN THE AREA? Having our wines coming predominately from our own estate vineyards, from the Rapaura region. The heavy laden fields of stones create a terroir that is unique in Marlborough. It is my job as the winemaker to respect and embrace the fruit vibrancy, and reflect this in the wines. WHAT MAKES THE TERROIR IN MARLBOROUGH IDEAL FOR SAUVIGNON BLANC? Lots of little things that build a beautiful picture. A combination of a moderating maritime climate, cool nights and warm days, high light intensity, consistent reliable rainfall, being surround by mountain ranges, and a valley that opens up the pacific ocean. The wines reflect our environment, purity and freshness. TOP 3 PLACES TO SEE IN MARLBOROUGH? A boat ride down the “Marlborough Sounds” Walking the “Queen Charlotte track” A wine trial around the various Marlborough Wineries
TOP 3 RESTAURANTS IN MARLBOROUGH? Hotel d’Urville in Blenhiem, for an evening meal specializing in NZ lamb, great with the Stoneleigh Pinot Noir. Le Café, for brunch in Picton, looking out into the Marlborough Sounds The “Blenheim Farmers Market” for freshly cook local produce. Sit back with the family and enjoying the music www.stoneleigh.co.nz Read More in the Summer 2013 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.