John and Annabel Porter planted Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vines in a bare and stony five acre paddock on Kitchener Street, the main road into Martinborough in 1992. Then a few years ago, Porters Estate purchased another five acres of Pinot Noir from the vineyard next door.
It is behind their house that they converted the one hundred year old barn and stables into a winery, just in time for the year 2000 vintage. The vineyards are very much a hands-on operation, and they adopt organic principles and practices wherever possible. Vine prunings are either burnt or mulched back into the soil, the pips and skins from the pressed grapes are composted and used as mulch, and sprays are kept to the bare minimum.
Their emphasis is on producing grapes of the best quality every vintage. Their winemaking methods are gentle, resulting in wines which truly reflect the terroir and vintage conditions
An assemblage of Pinot Noir (10/5), Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Gris, Pale in colour, with floral aromatic qualities.
Bright, rose petal colour and hue. Quite bright in the glass, with none of that extruded bottled black Doris plum...
"Still developing, various vintages available including the impressive 2015 vintage (5*) was hand-picked and matured in French oak barriques (partly...