It is not often we come across some Pinot which has already to cellared, and is ready to drink now! Stewed currant and cigar box aromas, a lovely play on the savoury sweet. A touch of juicy plum and a whiff of truffle on the finish.
Bright, fresh, high energy pinot noir with red cherry, violet, red rose, anise and spice flavours. The wine shows lovely purity and has an ethereal texture. A distinctive style that's a pleasure to drink.
"Bouquet of delicate florals, passionfruit, gooseberry and green bean. The intensity of aromatics could have you mistaking this for a racy Marlborough Sav. Green bean, passionfruit lemon and a hint of stone-fruit are evident on the palate. The palate is medium bodied, with rounded mouth-feel and medium length. Juicy acidity blends in nicely with other components." - Michael Cooper
Cellared pre-release, there are only 600 numbered bottles of this limited edition, hand-crafted wine available. Notable for its typical fragrant aroma (sometimes described as floral) which is backed up with very ripe flavours of dark cherries and blackberries. The ripe fruit is beautifully complimented with warm earthy flavours that make you dream of mushrooms and truffles. It’s a match made in (Martinborough) heaven with a roaring winter fire and a ragout of venison, duck, or rabbit.
Soft, full and well-packed with aromatic and fragrant aromas of red berry fruits entwined with dark herb and red floral notes, unfolding a little savoury earthiness with aeration.
A consistently good expression of Martinborough Pinot!
This is a wine we are very proud of. Our Craighall Chardonnay is nearing the intensity and structure we so desire from the old Dry River plantings, which are in decline due to old age. This is very promising to see, since for many years Dry River was so unique in its quality. The warmth of the vintage has left its signature through complexity, restraint and approachability.
In our eyes it is what one can expect from a classic style of chardonnay; delicious, luscious. The wine is laced with soft tones of oak with almond meal, freshly baked croissant skin and pistachio nuts showing through. The complexity of the individual aromatics are subtle, but rather overwhelming as a whole. It is cloaked with spices like coriander, cumin and caraway seeds, then fennel, nougat and cinnamon quill.
The palate is seamless and focussed. This is mainly resulting from a solid backbone of soft acidity coated with a creamy, velvety texture. Hints of popcorn and oak are quickly muted with an array of classic chardonnay flavours and a light buoyancy. It ticks all the boxes for us and the subtle style we would like to produce.
The drinking recommendation would be in the next five years, but feel confident to cellar up to ten years.
This Pinot Noir is a blend of separate parcels of fruit grown in the Martinborough Village and blended together to create this fruit driven full bodied wine that can be enjoyed now or further enhanced with a couple of years bottle age.
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.
The "infamous John Douglas" strikes again! Notorious for producing very good wine and selling these at a price which people come back for again and again.
A fine and elegant mouth feel with layers of flavour, lovely fruit in the berry and cherry spectrum... Very more-ish indeed!
100% Martinborough Pinot Noir, grown on the alluvial gravel terraces for which the district has become famous. The season was exceptionally warm allowing high quality, fully ripe fruit to be harvested early with brilliant ripe cherry/plum flavours.
A full bodied style with great backbone and a long lingering finish. An immediately accessible wine, which will improve over the next 2 years. Enjoy with full flavoured fish dishes, any red meats or vegetarian plates.
The aim with our James blend is to create an elegant and complex example of Martinborough's classic red wine that looks towards Burgundy but acknowledges our own special place in Martinborough's Te Muna Valley. In a barrel by barrel selection process we unite unique wines from our best vineyard and ferment parcels to create James PInot Noir.
Deep, complex and evolving nose of fruits of the forest and mixed spice. Rich, powerful and full bodied palate with tannins finely integrated into a mouth filling core. The wine finishes elegantly with excellent intensity of flavour.
The 'Hawk' is one of Te Muna Valley wine’s premium Pinot Noir labels.
The Hawk 2013 is approximately 50:50 Pommard and 667 clones. Matured in older oak and blended with a clear intention to emphasise the fruit quality of the vintage and varietal characteristics. The Hawk has both immediate appeal and the potential to cellar.
Floral bouquet, red cherries, slightly mushroom with a sweet and ripe dark cherry fruit palate enhanced with chocolate and thyme. Balanced structure and bright round tannins.
Great with gamey meats, and rich tomato based dishes. It also suits salmon and lamb.
Enjoy with a Big Sky!!
Read on for a wonderful description of this wine.
In the glass the wine shows deep garnet tenor and shimmers like hot lava running before the sea. The nose brims clear with star studded fruit yet is overlayed with an earth derived complexity. Initial impressions of warm berry compote with a touch of custard are rivalled by roasted kumara, pumpkin pie with cracked sesame seed then dried black current and sweet caramel corn. Growing and glowing over time, it releases musky winter violet florals, coarsely grated nutmeg and curly chiselled wood slivers while tarry liquorice twist and fine split suede leather lend a touch of burlesque drama.
Big, brooding and musky the wine wells up in the mouth and foams over with a steaming, streaming nihilistic propensity as racy tannins lasso the tongue and threaten to hold it to ransom. Big, bad and bootylicious it displays vivid red fruits, ground baby spice and fresh tobacco leaf which delivers a backhand so close to the line as to be questionable. The texture is as fine as warm foie gras and combines with the soft acidity to give all the appeal of a Sunday morning lie in. There is a spirited vortex around the cheeks which makes the taste buds swoon and calls into question the Lab reported 13% alcohol. Some 8 months out from bottling, it is starting to shake off the awkward trappings of youth and delight the senses like a born again Sandra Dee.
The Naked Pinot, as the name suggests, is a product of a holistic and undisguised approach to vineyard management and winemaking.
Handcrafted using organic principles and wild ferments, these natural methods allow both the vineyard and its environs to express themselves in this distinctive and approachable Pinot Noir.
To refresh the memory, 2016 was an outstanding vintage, no less for Syrah. After a moderately warm and very dry summer, the long autumn helped with the late slow ripening of our Syrah perfectly. Little rain at the end of the season made picking easy and ensured impeccably healthy grapes came into the winery.
A deep purple colour with a tamarillo hew indicates the wine is still in infancy stage. The influence of fine, mostly older oak preservesthe primary and floral characters like cherries, fresh blackcurrants, violets and Christmas spices. It cries ripe characters of black liquorice, dark boysenberries and crème de cassis. The wine has more to reveal behind the veil of primary fruit characters, toasted almond paste and black olives.
The low cropping levels combined with the elevated ripeness of the Syrah clearly contribute to the heavy fruit weight, mainly on the mid-palate. Approachable and fine grained, more powdery tannins are focussed on the centre-mid area of the palate, stretching lengthways to the back like a long rod. Combined with a gentle acidity,the wine still shows firm and compact, hiding the more elegant and delicate fruit charactersandleaving it up to time to emerge and unfold. Amiable yet shy, the 2016 Syrah will require another five more years to reveal its full potential.
This 2016 release is right on form, with the warmer than average temperatures delivering excellent conditions to fully ripen these later-maturing varieties. Notably, it’s also the 30th year of Célèbre from our almost four decades on the land. The original Cabernet-Merlot dominant blend has evolved to predominantly Merlot-Syrah with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Malbec contributing both complexity and structure.
The nose is bright and intense with sweet red fruit and hints of cassis.
Aromatics are tempered with notes of fennel and coriander seed, the palate unfolding with flavours of ripe red fruits and fresh blackcurrant. There is great concentration at the core and a suppleness thanks to the fine, ripe tannins.
We recommend time in bottle to see this wine at its peak.
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.
A lighter style which displays sensual earthy and fragrant aromas, smooth as silk on the palate, with the benefit of bottle age to enhance earthy, savoury characters.
Clove, liquorice and red cherry play on the nose before opening to a generous berry-fruit mouthful with floral highlights. Full fruit flavours are balanced with spicy, charred oak characteristics that enhance and lengthen the palate. Drink now or cellar for up to five years.
The 2017 growing conditions were nearly identical to the 2014 vintage, in numbers. The flowering conditions were sub-optimal, which caused some patchy fruit set and lowered the potential yield. This might have been a blessing since in the second half of the summer we experienced lower sunshine hours due to continuous cloud cover, and higher winds, which subsequently slowed down ripening conditions.
The presence of adequate heat, but a lack of sunshine (UV-light) brings out previously un-seen characters in our Dry River Pinot noir. We usually utilise sunlight to our advantage to benefit both tannin and aromatic accumulation. Provided we pick at their peak, we can gently extract these characters during fermentation. This year we had to delay picking by seven to ten days and thus had to work a little harder to extract the desired components in the winery, resulting in a more approachable, sappy rich wine, full of flavour.
The nose is very attractive, with a perfume-like finesse and a lighter than usual appearance. A fresh, complex and floral nose shows Christmas lilies, violets and honeysuckle. There are the hallmark, darker Dry River characters of fruit of the forest, plum and berry compote, mixed with a gentle touch of oak. Upon first approach the wine is soft and broad, with ripe, almost sweet fruit characters on the front of the palate. The intricate and round tannins have a mature presence with seamless integrated oak, something we would normally only see after two to three years. Towards the mid palate the wine is gaining power with a dynamic force, presumably a combination of the fruit and tannin density, governed through a radiant acidity. The structured finish is long and abundant in fruit, lingering to ponder the interest in the typicity of the vintage.
Please note this wine has been un-fined and unfiltered in order to safeguard aromatics and structure. Therefore a deposit might form in the bottom of the bottle.
Though approachable as a young wine, the 2017 will benefit from three to five years additional evolution for optimum drinking pleasure.
Over the past 30 years of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir releases, the wine has developed a strong reputation for a particular savouriness of style which reflects our grapes, sites and climate. The 2016 year typifies this style – a complex set of aromas and flavours which ripple over each other: juniper, cranberry, manuka flower, sandalwood, a hint of gingerbread and classic sweet hay. On the palate, flavours spread from warm spice to Campari, with a savoury seam that hints at ramen broth. The entry is vibrant and compelling with a rush of tannin that sweeps the flavours right through the palate. While this release will reward from cellaring, it is also highly satisfying to drink now.
The 2016 season was very dry with overall growing degree days within a normal range. The key difference from an average year, however, was timing. February temperatures soared well above the norm, in fact it was the hottest summer month since 1998. The resulting early seed ripening allowed picking at lower brix, and a cooler back end to the season provided good hang time for complete tannin ripeness.
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.
The 'James' Pinot Gris seeks to harvest only those grapes with a deep intensity of flavour and a clear potential to yield outstanding purity and balance in the finished wine.
They look for varietal typicity, power, concentration, great balance and a capacity to bottle age. James 2013 Pinot Gris is a wine inspired by the full bodied, off dry Pinot Gris styles of Alsace, France.
Suitable from aperitif to entrée and the main meal with a real affinity for accompaniment to rich, weighty and mildly spiced foods.
"Appealing scented wine with fresh peach, mango, guava and pawpaw flavours. Moderately sweet but perfectly balanced wine with an ethereal texture and a lingering finish. Fascinating wine with loads of appeal." - Bob Campbell 93/100
Perfumed aromas of apricots, nectarines and green pears. A rich mid-palate displaying mild oak influence. The wine finishes dry and crisp with lingering hints of warming spice.
Deep, dark, with purple hues. Intense and a full nose of dark fruits with a hint of liquorice, bacon and herbs. Ripe black fruit entrance of cherries and chocolate, with a touch of cracked black pepper and thyme with a vibrant acidity leading to a mineral full body with savoury firm tannins.
It was legendary filmmaker Walt Disney who famously said: “Think; Believe; Dream; Dare.” This was precisely our mindset when we conceived the Reserve Pinot Noir label back in 2013. Made in only the finest of years, we mentor our best blocks and batches with exhaustive viticulture and respectful winemaking then dare to dream of the emergence of a few barrels of wine which truly personifies our soils, our vines and our passion. In 2015 we were rewarded once again, with a blend of 45% Clone 115, 35% Clone 114 and 15% Abel, from our oldest vines.
The colour is exemplary as the wine exhibits the alarming garnet hue of a blood-filled wishing well, yet retains just enough essential clarity so the one can tell the time on the ubiquitous analogue watch while squinting through it. Sublime and almost creamy in its attack, the bulbous nose oozes charm and expression. Steaming inky and plumy fruits arise amid notes of violets, sweet red pepper and the torn flesh of a rare roast beef. Elements of mocha, baked clay, grainy bran and washed wool add elusive complexity but do not distract from the fruit driven thrust of the wine. A little charry cedar is evident from the 30% new oak while hints of turmeric, pumpkin kernel and rock salt round out the offering of the nose.
The mouthfeel too is immediately impressive. Deep, dark and gargantuanly handsome, it muscles its way down court like a 7 foot moustachioed basketball centre, sweeping all in its path. Calcareous tannins run abundantly along the tongue then disappear into pools of husky dark berry fruits which linger with felonious intent. The wine weighs heavy on the pallet as flavours of Black Doris plum and hot toffee reveal themselves like a supersexed Lorde rolling down Main Street hanging out the window of a Uber Black. Hints of musk, cracked pepper and tarry mulberry appear to lurk just around the corner yet are brought to life with a swirl of the glass, suggesting the wine has plenty more secrets to reveal over time.
Bob Campbell says: "Charming wine with purity, delicacy and an almost ethereal texture. dark plum, cherry and a suggestion of violet with integrated spicy French oak. An accessible pinot noir with subtle power demonstrated by its lengthy finish. Strongly varietal with less obvious regional character."
Very elegant fruit flavours, spicy and perfumed, cherries and black Doris plums. Dried herbs and toasty notes with ripe tannins and a rich palate.
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.
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.
Black-fruit, dark cherry and berry with subtle complex herb, spice and liquorice nuances, and there are nice touches of violet supported by subtle smoky oak.
Layers of flavour on the palate, dark red berry fruits and plums with savoury earth and game layers, underscored by fine tannin and structure. This wine offers classic Martinborough Pinot Noir characters.
Hand-harvested at optimum ripeness, fermented in stainless steel tank (70%) and in used French oak barrels (30%), lees ageing for 7 months. Dry white wine, food-friendly.
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.
The fruit for this vintage was again hand harvested at perfect ripeness and processed in the finest French barriques following their traditional vinification processes. Coloured straw-yellow, this wine has a pleasant nose of spicy, nutty oak, overlaid with peaches and nectarines. This combination is carried through to the palate, producing the classic taste of ripe stone fruit with a hint of oak. Complexity was added through a secondary malolactic fermentation giving a lush, buttery finish to the wine. This wine remains true to the traditional characteristics of Chardonnay produced in the Gladstone, Wairarapa district.
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