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.
Raumati, the Mãori name for summer, captures the true spirit of the handcrafted Pinot Noir Rosé from the Alexander Vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace. An inviting bouquet of raspberry, recurrent and summer fruits fills the glass leading to a refreshing, crisp classic Rosé finish.Perfect served as an aperitif or just to enjoy on that long, warm summers day.
2009 Pinot Noir "Attractive wine with strong, bright plum and dark cherry flavours. Moderately concentrated sweet fruit with a lingering finish. An appealing wine with strong varietal definition." Bob Campbell - 4 Stars
2010 Pinot Noir "Attractive wine with fresh, bright red cherry and plum flavours. Concentrated sweet fruit with a lingering finish. An appealing wine with strong varietal definition." Bob Campbell - 4 Stars
"Very similar to the regular label, with a little more fruit concentration and oak influence. Very focused wine with a linear and lingering finish ."- Bob Campbell - 4 Stars
"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 4 Stars
2014 - "This is elegant and seductive, yet there is a powerful engine driving the concentrated fruit and layers of complex flavours. The bouquet is inviting, engaging and intriguing with aromas of white stone fruit, rockmelon, nougat and brioche, with hints of vanilla and cedar. Wonderful weight and harmony. Stunning composure and finish. At its best: 2016 to 2024." - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 5 Stars
VINTAGE 2015 - A great and largely typical season – a gentle spring, with a warm January and a welcome coolness at the back end through February and March. Some large winds in January put pressure on the canopies, the positive being that berry size was kept smaller, intensifying the fruit. Crimson is our selection of fruit from younger parcels of vines from our various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace. Vine age ranges from 5-20 years. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with age (as do we all!). The winemaking philosophy is the same as for our signature Pinot Noir; no enzymes or yeasts are added, providing a hands-off, traditional approach to expressing the site. What we find in the 2015 year is a length and drive that belies the age of the vines. More savoury in spectrum than previous vintages, the nose exudes spice, red licorice and a medley of bramble fruit. All carry through onto the palate, with the older vine portion providing real weight and a fine line and length
"This is a real gem. Pristine fruit is the hero but the wine is stylishly enhanced by subtle infusion of oak. Aromas of stone fruit, lemon peel, rockmelon, and hints of vanilla and cashew lead to a concentrated palate that is richly textured and elegantly fruited, brilliantly framed by bright acidity. The finish is superbly long and creamy. Already a charmer with a potential to develop greater complexity. At its best: now to 2020." - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 5 Stars
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. Exotic spice, dark cherry and rose petal are offset by a more savoury array of aromas and flavours on the finish. This is a very complete and graceful wine; succulent and generous on the palate yet supple, sinewy, long and fine. Another excellent vintage to follow 2013, the season was characterised by an unusually warm, settled spring. This trend continued through flowering and on into January. February and March were thankfully cooler than usual, stretching out the season and preserving aromatics as the evenly-formed bunches steadily ripened. Interestingly, accumulated Growing Degree Days of 1170 (a measure of heat across the growing season) leading into this harvest were, in the end, almost identical to those for the fabled 2013.
Stonefruit and citrus characters dominate in this release, with lovely tropical nuances of guava and papaya also vying for attention. A hint of fennel bulb and a twist of mint join the party, while the flinty minerality steers the fine, dry finish to a long and satisfying conclusion. Hand-picked, hand-sorted fruit and time on lees are all integral to achieving this more textural and restrained style of Sauvignon Blanc.
Refreshingly vibrant and juicy, the 2016 Sauvignon shows enticing aromas of citrus blossom and lemon grass with hints of jasmine and crisp, freshly-sliced fennel bulb. This latest offering is supple and bright and, at 12.5% alcohol, is wonderfully light on its feet. Around 5% of the fruit was fermented in contact with its skins and held for two months, drawing out the more complex flavours that reside in the skins. The grape skins also contain phenolics which, combined with the natural acidity, give the fresh back bone to this wine. Adding further interest, 30% of the juice was fermented in neutral oak barrels. Our naturally low yields, older vines, small canopies and judicious, labour-intensive hand picking of the entire crop are also factors in producing this uniquely Martinborough style of Sauvignon Blanc.
This 2013 'Provenance' Pinot Noir shows a wealth of brambly ripe dark cherry fruit characters, with a sappy cherry and plum stone finish supported by fine tannins.Can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 10 years
Reflecting the renaissance of Chardonnay, this concentrated wine has it all - citrus fruits, mineral notes, nutty with crisp acidity, a creamy consistency and a rich texture. Small production of 100 cases.
Drink now or cellar to 2011.
Delicately perfumed, displaying floral, cherry and subtle savoury aromas. The palate is bright and juicy with lovely fruit intensity, backed by refreshing acidity and gently firm tannins.
Attractive fragrances and floral aromas on the nose here. This has a leafy side too with violets, herbs and bracken, as well as purple cherries. The palate is supple and smooth, showing layered, ripe nutty tannins and boysenberries. Plenty of light, fleshy appeal.
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.
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.
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.
This wine has elements of citrus, steely minerality, Granny Smith apples. The acidity is fine and fresh, with solid fruit on the palate and a firm, dry, grippy finish.
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.
On the palate, medium-bodied with light crisp flavours of pear and a touch of citrus. This beautiful pale gold wine exudes a lovely aroma of fresh fruit with a garnish of spice. Will naturally accompany dishes Vietnamese style, perhaps blue cod, or even duck.
This wine is drinking well now and will hold up well for another three to five years.
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.
VINTAGE 2016 - Ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim with garnet hues. The nose is elegantly proportioned with concentrated aromas of savoury dark-red berry and cherry fruit with notes of earth, dark herbs, subtle whole bunch stalk fragrances and dark florals. The palate has a smooth and concentrated heart of ripe dark-red berry fruit with plum notes, subtle savoury herb and whole bunch stalk elements. The fruit richness shows with elegance and style, and is supported by fine-grained supple tannins. Fine, natural acidity provides energy, and the wine flows along a velvety line to a long, sustained, complex savoury red fruited and herb nuanced finish. Overall style is one of low intervention, a pure expression of the 2016 vintage, of the Martinborough Terrace, and particularly of the vineyard.
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To our memory this is one of the more approachable Chardonnay’s we have produced so far. The small cropping levels we experienced did not necessarily produce a more intense wine, on the contrary, maturity was slowed down due to weather induced stress. These vintage circumstances formed softer tannins with a more ‘open’ and friendly phenolic structure.
A bright apple flesh colour reflects the early life stage of the wine. At first the creamy lees character supresses the aromatic profile of the wine and might be a reflection of time spent on full solids in barrel. With time in the glass the wine is sure to show tropical fruit characters like persimmon, pineapple and nectarines. By now almonds and brioche make their presence with coconut faintly in the background, paying respect to the oak.
The wine carries sufficient weight forming a stout and broad mouthfeel whilst it spreads consistently over the palate. This remarkable strength subdues the acidity creating an all-round experience. The ripe fruit is visible mostly on the back palate in the sense of white peach and nectarine, complemented by nougat and almonds. In its youth we recommend to open this wine well before consumption, allowing time to breathe, or be sure to decant. Our Chardonnay tends to evolve for another three to five years, but can be cellared longer for those with patience.
A darker straw appearance. It is on the nose where the vintage shows its true colours. With coconut flesh, caramelized orange rind, scented vanilla and Amaretto, the wine delivers an unusual introduction where fruit opulence is in minor. These seductive characters persist with Grand Marnier, crepes Suzette and flambéed orange juice. This certainly is a wine with many discussion points.
Again a drier palate in terms of residual sugar at 20 g/L with a moderate alcohol level of 13.5%, this makes for a complex and textural Gewurztraminer. The varietal expression shyly comes through on the palate with concentrated and condensed tannins. Ginger, Amaretto and caramelized cane sugar are the predominant characteristics. More intricate are the higher aromatics like lychee and zest of orange & mandarin. Fenugreek and cardamom spice make for a firm and complex finish, with the acidity ever so minimal in order to retain the focus on the aromatic profile. Looking back in our cellar, Gewurztraminer is not to be underestimated in its capacity to evolve for three to seven years, possibly longer in a good cellar.
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