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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Autumn of the 2015 season was stunning, with March bringing cool nights and fine bright days; we were able leave the late ripening varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc hanging on the vine to gain concentration and deep, ripe tannins. The Merlot was planted in the early 1980s and is consistently delivering small berries with intense flavor.
Raymond Chan’s tasting note captures the essence of this 2015 Célèbre so well:
“The nose is well-proportioned with deeply concentrated and intense aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit melded with notes of dark raspberries entwined with Asian spices, black pepper and minerals, unfolding a fine blackcurrant, cassis and herbal edge, with dark-red floral elements emerging with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is packed with concentrated and deep flavours of ripe blackberries, dark raspberries and plums, with notes of black pepper, Asian spices, licorice, currants and herbs. The fruit is sweetly rich and supported by considerable fine-grained tannin structure with a line of lacy acidity providing tension and drive. The flavours blossom with spices and florals as the wine carries to a long, lingering finish.”
We recommend time in bottle to see this wine at its peak.
"Even, moderately deep ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and a little restrained in expression with tightly bound aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit harmoniously melded and balanced with subtle notes of dark and dried herbs, unfolding a little whole bunch stalk notes, with red floral and fresh herbs, unveiling a little nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is softly full with mouthfilling flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit entwined with savoury dark and dried herbs, along with some whole bunch stalk elements, with some earth and game. The flavours are broad and are open and accessible, unfolding layers of detail. Light, fine-grained tannins support the fruit with balanced acidity, and the wine carries easily to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a sweetly rich and mouthfilling Pinot Noir with accessible flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit, dried herbs and game on a fine-grained, balanced palate" ~ 5 stars Raymond Chan
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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.
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.
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.
Welll structured, elegant, with good length on the palate. A slow cool ferment has highlighted characteristics of citrus/lime and pear together with mineral and flint notes.
A soft, rounded Sauvignon Blanc with lush fruit.
Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is bright, lively and vibrant with a fine and intense core of fragrant passionfruit with tropical fruit, gooseberries, herbs and mineral notes. The mouthfeel is bright, lively and energetic and flows along a zesty line with fine textures and racy acidity leading to a lingering finish of aromatic passionfruit. This is a bright, vibrant, lusciously intense Sauvignon Blanc with fragrant passionfruit, tropical fruits, herbs and minerals on a taut, racy palate.
An iconic Martinborough style of Sauvignon Blanc that is serious, subtle and textural while still oozing with vibrant tropical and citrus fruit characteristics.
The nose is softly full and voluminous with well-concentrated and refined aromas of ripe tropical fruit entwined with passionfruit, harmoniously melded with fresh and dark herbs and subtle white floral nuances.
The palate is elegantly proportioned with vibrant and lively, piquant passionfruit flavours with fresh herb detail. The palate possesses refreshing, crisp acidity lending poise and vitality, and the wine flows along a fine line, leading to a luscious, thirst-quenching finish with fine, dry textures. This is a vibrant and lively, elegantly proportioned Sauvignon Blanc with a voluminous nose and finely concentrated flavours of passionfruit, herbs and florals on a mouthwatering palate.
Raranga Sauvignon Blanc (“woven” in Maori) is our expression of this variety in the low yielding Martinborough region. Utilising several traditional winemaking techniques including barrel ferments with high solids juice, extended skin contact and partial malolactic fermentation. Around 15% of the fruit was fermented in contact with skins, drawing out their more complex flavours. The grape skins also contain phenolics which, combined with the natural acidity, offer a fresh back bone. These portions are woven together to produce a complex and textural wine.
Complex nose of lemon curd, citrus blossom and white peach with spicy aromatics reminiscent of cinnamon apple pie. The texture that the on-skins and barrel fermentation components bring shows itself in a suppleness creaminess, which mingles with lemon zest notes and a tangy finish.
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