The new product will be produced at a vineyard bought by Benjamin de Rothschild

The new product will be produced at a vineyard bought by Benjamin de Rothschild

Craggy Range has agreed a "strategic partnership" with Benjamin de Rothschild, chairman of the Edmond de Rothschild Group, to produce Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

The new partnership, announced late last week, will produce wines under the Rimapere label. The label name is derived from Maori, meaning “five arrows”.

The wines will eventually be produced at a new 26-hectare vineyard, recently bought by Benjamin de Rothschild. 

“This spectacular vineyard will become the home of the Rimapere brand, and represents my family’s long-term commitment to our partnership and expanding our prestigious international wine portfolio," said Rothschild. 

The label's first wine, to be released this month, will be the 2012 Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc, made from grapes grown in the Rapaura sub-region of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, the groups said.