Founded in 1980, Martinborough Vineyard was a trailblazer in the region and the first to plant the variety for which the region is best known, Pinot Noir. They lay claim to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the district consistently producing world-class wines from their Home block, Martinborough Terraces blocks and, more recently, their Burnt Spur vineyards.
Their vines are still low-cropped and lovingly hand-tended, as in the early days, with minimal intervention in the winery, in order to let the fruit speak for itself. Winemaker, Paul Mason, follows in the illustrious winemaking footsteps of Larry McKenna (1986-1999) and Claire Mulholland (2000-2007). Paul leads a small team focused on sustainably producing small quantities of exclusive fine wine which reflect the intrinsic characters of their site.
Their philosophy is to produce the finest Pinot Noir in the New World with the focus on “Handcrafted Excellence in Wine”.
The Martinborough Vineyard Chardonnay is often described as a Chardonnay lover’s Chardonnay. Aromas of tropical fruit intertwine with notes of citrus, toast and popcorn that bring to mind the characteristics of great Chardonnay. Careful use of new oak has created a wine that is finely grained and focused, yet shows power, depth of flavour and a lovely mineral core.
A complex Martinborough Pinot Noir with aromas of soft red and dark cherry and plum, complemented by hints of exotic spice and earthiness. On the palate, the wine is tight and structured, laced with spicy, savoury notes and a lingering, herbal acidity.
Martinborough Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc shows perfumed aromas of passionfruit and guava with hints of lemon blossom and dried herbs on the nose. On the palate the ripe fruit character is beautifully balanced against creamy notes from the barrel fermentation portion creating a harmonious and balanced wine with great length and texture.
Lifted aromatic characters of ripe pear and spice together with ginger and floral notes in the background. On the palate the textural elements come to the fore, imparting pithy rich fruit that is beautifully balanced against a small amount of residual sugar. The result is a luscious, utterly drinkable, soft style Pinot Gris that would pair perfectly with Asian foods or as a stand-alone beverage.
Wonderful aromatics of dark cherries and dried herbs and spices instantly grab your attention on the nose of this elegant Pinot Noir. On the first sip, your palate is greeted with soft, rich fruit flavours with a hint of spice. The moreish tannins and a velvety texture make for an impressive finish.
An inviting mix of guava and tropical fruits round out the bouquet leading to a zesty citrus flavor. The crispness on the tongue lend a hand to the dry, mineral finish that leaves you wanting more.
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