Spy Valley `Envoy` Pinot Noir 2011 (6 x 750mL), Marlborough, NZ.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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Wines in the single vineyard ENVOY range are selected from small micro-vineyard sites on our own estate blocks. ENVOY is the chosen representative at the highest level and presents accumulated knowledge and skill as interpreted by the winemakers. The wines are textural and complex, and honour the best winemaking tool of all - time.

The fruit for Envoy Pinot Noir comes from our oldest vines, in the area we call 'F Block.' Clay top soil, free draining gravel substrate, cool spring, warm dry summers and extended ripening combine with root stock, clonal selection and vine age to produce small bunches with concentrated flavours.

NZ - Marlborough
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

Pale to medium ruby-purple-colored, the 2011 Envoy Pinot Noir opens with aromas of kirsch, preserved cranberries and raspberry coulis dotted with nuances of violets, rose petals, dried leaves and cinnamon. The palate is bursting with loads of red berry and perfumed, spicy flavors and is nicely supported by medium level, finely grained tannins and exuberant acidity before finishing long and layered. Drink it now to 2017+. Rating 92+ eRobertparker.com

Plenty of oak – vanilla, cedar, spice – red and black fruit. Wine made, showy style featuring a ripe sweep of tannin, mixed berry fruit, toasty char and a firm finish of good length. Oak drags a little in the aftertaste.Rating 90 - Gary Walsh, Wine Front NZ

Excitement all round when this arrived. 'Well-balanced, sweet fruit follows a smoky, forest floor nose,' said team leader Nigel Lister. 'This is very vibrant, with lovely fresh red plum and raspberry fruit. Delicious, almost Chambolle-like,' added The Tate Group's Hamish Anderson. Good food matching potential – try with roast goose. The Sommelier Wine Awards

Medium to deep red colour with purple tinges. The aroma shows soft dark cherry and plum aromas, with a gentle but definite lacing of oaky spice. It has quite an aromatic perfume. Bright and upright in the mouth, with firmness from tannin and acidity. It's lively and firm - almost a trifle tough. It demands food, and would take some age well. Rating 90 - Huon Hooke

Still very youthful, the 2011 vintage is a powerful, ripe style, estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley and barrel-aged for 18 months. Full-coloured and sturdy, it has strong plum and spice flavours, a hint of liquorice, and a tight finish. Best 2015+ Rating 4 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyers' Guide 2014

Ripe, fleshy Pinot Noir with plum, cherry, dark berry and spicy oak flavours. Full-flavoured and quite gutsy wine with a firm, drying finish. Needs a little time to mellow and develop even greater complexity. Rating 4 Stars - Bob Campbell MW

Winery Tasting Notes


Bright Ruby


Plum and cherry with signature cranberry and anise notes from this block.


Initially light but with deceptive structural weight, the mid palate is soft and sweet with abundant fruit. Spice and chocolate round out the flavour spectrum.


4 - 6 years

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal - The Sommelier Wine Awards

NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
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Winery Profile

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Spy Valley Wines is situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka river are the vineyards of Johnson Estate.

Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneers in what was then a Marlborough sub region, the Lower Waihopai development continued with fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies.

From vintage 2000 wine was produced and sold under the Spy Valley label. The brand name SPY VALLEY® is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station (spy base) nearby, part of the Echelon Global Network.

The Envoy range of wines was released in 2007 and represents small parcel wine production from specific vineyard sites off Johnson family estate vineyards. The wines are vineyard designated and represent winemaker interpretations of site and vintage.

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