Alexander 'Dusty Road' typically has an aromatic bouquet of ripe crushed deep raspberry, ripe blackberry and dark cherry fruit aromas and a smooth, rich and savoury finish. Aged in French oak barriques for approximately 11 months. It is an excellent food wine with game, lamb, chicken, pork and barbequed meats.
Handpicked fruit from low yielding vines has produced an elegant, deeply scented wine with sweet, ripe cherry and plum flavours with a round and well balanced finish, with savoury and roasted oak characters. Aged in French oak barriques, half new, this handcrafted single vineyard wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to seven years.
"Lifted, leafy wine with appealing sweetness. An elegant expression of cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon in a moderately light and charming style. Aromatic wine with floral, herb and red berries flavour. "- Bob Campbell
2009 Pinot Noir "Attractive wine with strong, bright plum and dark cherry flavours. Moderately concentrated sweet fruit with a lingering finish. An appealing wine with strong varietal definition." Bob Campbell - 4 Stars
2010 Pinot Noir "Attractive wine with fresh, bright red cherry and plum flavours. Concentrated sweet fruit with a lingering finish. An appealing wine with strong varietal definition." Bob Campbell - 4 Stars
Célèbre has always had its own distinctive style as a bright, high-energy red with real concentration and a rich, mouth-filling texture. As a young wine, the 2014 is showing abundant aromatics with ripe blueberry, boysenberry and redcurrant notes meeting more exotic notes of star-anise. Long, fine, savoury tannins across the palate and the bracken-like earthiness from the Cabernet portions builds complexity, while Syrah brings spice and fresh, balanced acidity to the finish. Bud burst was unusually early in 2014, and a settled spring resulted in a more solid fruit-set than we'd seen for a number of years. Summer saw no extremes of heat thankfully, with timely rain in January when things were just starting to dry out – all in all, a benevolent season for the vines. Rain arrived in the last week of April, but thanks to the early bud burst we had been able to pick earlier than usual whilst still achieving the same desired hang time and full flavour ripeness.
2015 was a great and largely typical season – a gentle spring, with a warm January and a welcome coolness at the back end through February and March. Some large winds in January put pressure on the canopies, the positive being that berry size was kept smaller, intensifying the fruit. Crimson is our selection of fruit from younger parcels of vines from our various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace. Vine age ranges from 5-20 years. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with age (as do we all!). The winemaking philosophy is the same as for our signature Pinot Noir; no enzymes or yeasts are added, providing a hands-off, traditional approach to expressing the site. What we find in the 2015 year is a length and drive that belies the age of the vines. More savoury in spectrum than previous vintages, the nose exudes spice, red licorice and a medley of bramble fruit. All carry through onto the palate, with the older vine portion providing real weight and a fine line and length
Only the oldest and most revered parcels of fruit are used in this, our premium Pinot Noir. The fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled from Burgundy in the mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. The result is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed in the classic Ata Rangi style. Exotic spice, dark cherry and rose petal are offset by a more savoury array of aromas and flavours on the finish. This is a very complete and graceful wine; succulent and generous on the palate yet supple, sinewy, long and fine. Another excellent vintage to follow 2013, the season was characterised by an unusually warm, settled spring. This trend continued through flowering and on into January. February and March were thankfully cooler than usual, stretching out the season and preserving aromatics as the evenly-formed bunches steadily ripened. Interestingly, accumulated Growing Degree Days of 1170 (a measure of heat across the growing season) leading into this harvest were, in the end, almost identical to those for the fabled 2013.
This wine, purple to ruby in colour, has a bouquet with the sweet aromas of red berries, with a hint of violets and vanilla followed by secondary earthy notes. The palate of black cherry and red berryfruit characters with a hint of cinnamon and a chocolately finish supported by firm tannins. Ideally matched with gamey meats, it also suits lighter dishes such as salmon and lamb. It can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 5 years.
"This 2011 vintage is beautifully elegant and stylish, displaying red/black cherry, floral and subtle spice aromas on the nose. The palate is juicy and delicately flavoured with fine texture and polished tannins, finishing elegantly dry. The wine offers lovely ripe flavours within a sturdy frame, ensuring its graceful development. Very ripe-tasting, in a bold style with concentrated, sweet-fruit characters of cherries, plums and liquorice and a spicy, savoury complexity." - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit.
Attractive fragrances and floral aromas on the nose here. This has a leafy side too with violets, herbs and bracken, as well as purple cherries. The palate is supple and smooth, showing layered, ripe nutty tannins and boysenberries. Plenty of light, fleshy appeal.
Animus was born of a desire to reflect their more masculine take on Pinot Noir and the character of the Martinborough Terrace. They work with organically grown fruit sourced from old vines that they personally tend. The wine is renowned for its dark spice and fruit plus a little sauvage meaty character to complex them both.
Dovetail has risen from a desire to express their single site intimately and in a unique way. Always a blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah that resides on their home vineyard. The intention is create a wine of real character and delicious balance that most closely defines what Cambridge Road stands for. Freedom of expression and a celebration of senses. 2011 was their first Dovetail to date. The vintage delivered a fresh lithe frame structured on lovely clear acid with a more obvious dark cherry and botanic streak. Still in its youth.
The newest addition to the Cambridge Road selection. This well structured Pinot Noir from the 2012 vintage shows a lovely polarity between strength and delicacy. Beautifully perfumed nose with spice and floral tones followed by soft tannins with enough acidity to carry it through.
This wine, Cambridge Road says, is their finest expression of Pinot Noir to date.They just love the finesse of the vintage. Lovely refreshing acidity, fine tannin definition and aromas that take you to the forest, hallmark this wine. This wine speaks of venison and juniper. Still just a baby, so enjoy over the next decade.
They are lucky to have a small parcel of old Syrah vines at Cambridge Road. The wines continue to astound with their varietal definition and delicious natural balance. This is their smallest production of wine yet arguably making the highest impact for them around the world.
This Pinot Noir has been hand-harvested end of March 2015. Approx. 10% whole bunch fermentation. 9 Months maturation in French oak barrels before bottling. More a savoury than a fruity Pinot Noir. Approachable now but will cellar nicely for up to 10 years.
Medium-bodied with bright dark cherry and berry flavours, along with a little jam and cinnamon-like oak and ripe liquorice elements. Moderately sweet, the tannin extraction provides good backbone and dryness to the palate and finish. The acidity is soft and in the background. This excellent up front Pinot Noir will ideally match pizza and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next three to five years.
Visually the wine has good clarity with a rich deep hue. It has an unmistakable Martinborough Pinot Noir nose, with enticing powerful and intense dark fruit aromas. The mouthfeel is of a well balanced wine. Notable front palate fine silky tannins, mid palette weight and good acidity. The wine has rich dark fruit flavours, which ebb and flow within its savoury and masculine structure. The overall style is one of low intervention, a pure expression of the vintage, of the region and particularly of the vineyard.
Blood red with a vibrant purple hue that suggest brooding intensity and tightly bound flavours. Aromatically this Syrah is cool climate with its perfume of violets, black pepper and cinnamon spice. Adding to these flavours is a strong mineral streak, best described as summer rain on a gravel road, which we see as a mark of interest and complexity. Plusher notes of milk chocolate give the wine a degree of openness and comfort. The palate is mid-weight but with an extra degree of concentration from the quality of the harvest. The extra time in bottle before release has softened the tannins slightly but don’t be fooled by the underlying power of them, and therefore cellaring potential, of this wine. Named ‘Amaranth’ because they expect this wine to develop wonderful interest in the cellar.
For the winemaking team, the interesting aspect of our Pinot noir is the proportion of representation of each of our three blocks. This varies every year due to natural influences on fruit set. For 2014 it is our Craighall vineyard that has a higher proportion than usual. This translates to slightly darker characters and a firmer personality, mainly due to the tannins. Our Dry River block was instrumental in regulating softness and providing calmness.
Deep red in colour with a ruby hue. The nose has full dark fruit notes of blackcurrant and blackberry. At this stage the wine shows some aromatic floral notes and sinew, just enough to balance the opulence of the fruit. There are some subtle oak notes in the form of a gentle walnut like nuance. The palate is well structured at this early stage with an abundance of front palate tannins, however most are cloaked by the richness of the fruit and the density of the flavours. Some sweetness peeks through, although only as a foil for the acidity, which combined, adds to the overall palate presence. If drinking as a young wine, we would recommend decanting first and serving slightly warmer than usual. Expect this wine to cellar well.