July 1st, 2024

Meet Marlon: Esther’s New Sommelier 

We’re beyond excited to introduce Marlon Noble, our new sommelier at Esther. With a splash of expertise, a dollop of passion, and a generous pour of global experience, Marlon is here to elevate your wine game to delicious new heights. 

Born and bred in the illustrious vineyards of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Marlon’s wine journey is the stuff of legends. Marlon’s impressive resume includes stints in wine cellars, tasting rooms, laboratories, and sales departments. He’s worked on 14 vineyards across South Africa, the USA, New Zealand, and Germany, soaking up knowledge and crafting magic at some of the world’s most prestigious wineries. 

Marlon’s globetrotting adventures have taken him far and wide, but for the past four years, he’s called New Zealand home. Here, he’s sprinkled his charm and expertise across various hospitality roles, but his heart has always belonged to wine. His life’s mantra? “Life is too short to drink bad wine” – and trust us, he means it.  

Marlon’s Winter Wine Picks 

The cosy season is here, and Marlon has handpicked a selection of wines that perfectly pair with the cooler weather and warming comfort dishes of winter. 

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Section 94 2016 

From the fabulous folks in Marlborough, this Sauvignon Blanc is a barrel-aged beauty. Marlon has a soft spot for Dog Point, having worked a vintage there, and this wine’s full body and perfect balance will make you swoon. 

Flowers Chardonnay 2018 

Winter calls for cosy, and this Chardonnay is like a buttery, oaky hug in a glass. Marlon’s love affair with Sonoma’s Chardonnays shines through in this pick, perfect for pairing with our delectable truffle-season dishes. 

Kerpen Riesling 2017 

Riesling fans, rejoice! This gem from Germany is Marlon’s darling. With enchanting aromas and a tantalizing aftertaste, this 2017 Kerpen Riesling will dance on your palate and leave you craving more. As Marlon would say, “everything happens for a Riesling.” . 

Peregrine 2015 Pinot Noir 

Aged to perfection, this 2015 Peregrine Pinot Noir from Central Otago is the epitome of elegance. Known for their stellar Pinots, this region delivers a wine that’s rich, complex, and absolutely divine. 

Craggy Range ‘Te Kahu’ Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 

Straight from the beloved Hawke’s Bay region, this blend is a bold, robust treat. Hawke’s Bay, affectionately known as “sunny Hawke’s Bay,” produces wines that are simply irresistible. This Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend is no exception, bursting with character and charm. 

Experience Marlon’s Selection at Esther’s 

Join us at Esther and let Marlon take you on a whimsical wine journey. Each bottle in his winter selection is a story, a memory, and a testament to his extraordinary wine adventure. So come, sip, and swirl with Marlon at ours this season. 

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