One of the standout wines of our last excursion to NZ. Tasted blind.
Potpourri perfume, spiced cherry, musky and exotic. Effortless wine, fine and silky, complex, a sweetness and heady spice in flavour, lick of tannin on a long finish. Beautiful.
95 points, Gary Walsh (June 2018)
Stylish and quite concentrated pinot noir from a top Martinborough vintage. An elegant wine that delivers power with impressive subtlety. Floral, cherry, plum and spicy oak flavours. Has potential.
95 points, Bob Campbell MW (July 2018)
MartinboroughMartinborough 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.