The Margrain vineyard, planted in 1992, was born from the passion for fine wine, good food and the country lifestyle held by husband and wife owners Daryl and Graham Margrain. While running a successful Wellington business they were looking for a new focus when they recognised the potential Martinborough held for the establishment of a quality winery, accommodation and conference complex.
Graham’s philosophy in branding the company was a simple one, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth putting your name on.” He says, "Our winemaking philosophy is equally straight forward, simply to produce the very best wines we can, without compromise. This task begins each year with pruning and ends only when the wine is in the bottle. Yields of between 1.5 and 2 tonnes per acre are an essential part of this strategy."
Using a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay, this Methode Traditionelle has undergone 2.5 years lees aging to produce a wine rich in complex bready aromas, which has been finished in a brut savage style.
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"The nose of this wine confidently announces its depth of character with a generous splash of lemon-straw colour. In the glass it opens with a hit of smashed honeydew cantaloupe and ripe Queensland pineapple alongside white fleshed nectarine, grapefruit zest and soothing notes of camomile tea. The aroma is upswept and inline yet it speaks of many things; like snips and snails and puppy dogs tails or long sticky apron strings. Dusty talcum powder and smoking gun oil add further interest and are rounded out by fresh fennel bulb, mashed butternut squash and a hint of pickled walnut.
The wine epitomises the tantalising crossover where sweetness and charm meets stroppiness and tang. Surprisingly full across the palate with green peach and crushed pineapple flavours, it slithers sideways before flowing onward courtesy of its juicy and turbulent acidity, to achieve an edgy balance like a size 4 model in baggy dungarees. Powerful and zesty, it has a breadth of flavour that could only be controlled by a roadside guardrail while the flesh and muscle sinews which are obvious beneath the taut skin are guaranteed to rock the DJ. In the finish a flinty edge and somewhat oily texture spread smoothness and calm to the ruffled back palate. Almost the perfect aperitif, this wine will definitely get your juices flowing!" - Strat Canning - Winemaker
"This wine will make friends easily with a gleam of bright garnet behind its flashy smile. The nose is all get up and go with potent brambly fruit reminiscent of an autumn bush-bash to a remote trout pool on the upper Tongariro. Aged quince jelly, soft liquorice allsorts and a malty sweetness dance with squishy blackberry aromas then give way intriguingly to sticky dried prune, broken wood and finely ground nutmeg. Moreish notes of salted brittle caramel chocolate combine with slightly more dangerous hints of the bilge water found in an old land-locked clinker-built kauri sailing dingy.
The palate is as thick and full as a stockpot of boysenberry jam in a rolling boil on a cottage stovetop yet this slippery smoothness is draped over an auspiciously sinewy frame; kind of like Matthew McConaughey in a tuxedo. The acidity is barely perceptible along the cheeks yet cinches the wine together like the never-fail blood knot on a 5lb nylon tippet. Tannins with a consistency of finely ground pumice give the wine a deceptively persuasive edge while crisp oven roasted kumara and freshly ground coffee beans lend a polyhedral quality. Some deep earthy note, derived perhaps from 6 feet under, bring a drying lift to the finish which lingers long after swallowing. More streetwise than precocious, there is certainly no hurry for this wine and it will provide a cognitive drop over the next 10 years." - Strat Canning - Winemaker
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