THE BETTER HALF
In branching out to begin The Better Half project, George set out to create a range of wines that would be both food friendly and showcase the unique flavors of Marlborough, New Zealand. He settled on two grape varieties to achieve this, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Sauvignon Blanc, the signature dish of this wine region known for its punchy aromatics and zesty flavors, is the perfect foil for fresh seafood and summer salads.
Pinot Noir is an emerging star in Marlborough. With new plantings on the clay soils of Marlborough’s southern hills this variety has found a happy home. Coincidently, so too have many deer and wild pig, which are found roaming in the upper slopes of thehills around Marlborough. They make a perfect combination – in glass and on plate!
George is an accomplished winemaker with more than 18 years of experience in Marlborough. He’s worked with distinguished local and international wine companies, and gained recognition as the founding winemaker at The Crossings in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley.
Having been on the scene throughout Marlborough’s rapid transformation as a wine growing region, he has an intimate knowledge of the area and its future potential, something that he’s keen to showcase with The Better Half.