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MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARD Marie Zelie Reserve Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2010

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MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARD Marie Zelie Reserve Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2010

A complex age-worthy Pinot Noir, the Martinborough Marie Zelie Pinot Noir is a reserve style, made in tiny quantities and only in exceptional years. Marie Zelie Hermance Frere was the first winemaker in Wairarapa, in the late 19th century, where her great, great niece married Derek Milne; one of the founders of Martinborough Vineyard. The Marie Zelie Pinot Noir pays homage to her pioneering spirit. Typically up to15% whole bunches are included in the ferment. The four best barrels produced are selected and blended and returned to seasoned oak for another 3 months for integration. A wine with superb depth of fruit and complexity, The Marie Zelie Pinot Noir typically has the structure to age comfortably over a decade.
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A complex age-worthy Pinot Noir, the Martinborough Marie Zelie Pinot Noir is a reserve style, made in tiny quantities and only in exceptional years. Marie Zelie Hermance Frere was the first winemaker in Wairarapa, in the late 19th century, where her great, great niece married Derek Milne; one of the founders of Martinborough Vineyard. The Marie Zelie Pinot Noir pays homage to her pioneering spirit. Typically up to15% whole bunches are included in the ferment. The four best barrels produced are selected and blended and returned to seasoned oak for another 3 months for integration. A wine with superb depth of fruit and complexity, The Marie Zelie Pinot Noir typically has the structure to age comfortably over a decade.
  • Style: Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2010
  • Region: Martinborough
  • Code: MZRPN
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Country: New Zealand

Region Martinborough

Martinborough

Martinborough is located on the North Island of New Zealand and is the island’s driest area, due to the rain shadow created by the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges. The district is prone to spring frosts, with wind machines employed throughout the area to protect young vines from frost damage. Martinborough’s climate is cool with some maritime influence and the region enjoys one of the longest growing seasons in New Zealand. There is significant diurnal variation, excellent for preserving aromatics and acidity and the naturally breezy conditions help to curb vine vigour, resulting in low yields of grapes with great intensity and flavor concentration. Over time, the river which runs through the region, has carved out cliffs and escarpments to expose stony sub-soils, helping to create the premium vineyard site of ‘Martinborough Terrace’ built over layers of alluvial river terraces. Martinborough has significant plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling but is best known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir sought the world over.

Winery MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARD

Established in 1980 by six wine enthusiasts, Martinborough Vineyards was the first estate in the region to plant Pinot Noir. The first commercial vintage was 1984 and the founders soon realized they needed to appoint a well-qualified winemaker to allow the special qualities of the site to be realized. Larry McKenna became the first winemaker and helped establish Martinborough Vineyards as a premium wine estate. Today winemaking is carried out by Paul Mason. A philosophy of sustainable viticulture, low yields and minimal intervention winemaking allows the wines to speak of their site. Predominantly a Pinot Noir specialist, Martinborough Vineyards produces several ranges of wines from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
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