Aroha Pinot Noir

Craggy Range

Aroha Pinot Noir

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: New Zealand / Martinborough

In the cool-climate region of Martinborough, the 81.5 acres terraced Te Muna Road Vineyard is planted with eight clones of Pinot Noir in more than 40 different parcels. On the vineyard’s two distinct terraces, stony soils produce exceptional Pinot Noir. Grapes were hand harvested – 60% destemmed, 40% whole bunch – before undergoing fermentation in a combination of open-top stainless steel tanks and French oak cuves. The wine matured for 11 months in 32% new French oak barriques.

92 Points


2017 vintage
93 Points

Blue Lifestyle

2015 vintage
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tasting note

Bright dark cherry color. Beautifully lifted nose of dark rose, spiced red fruits, fresh bark and tar. Elegantly composed on the palate with lovely fruit density carried long by fine acidity and velvet like tannins slowly unfolding for a long and dry finish.

food pairing

Duck. Also pairs well with game and lamb dishes.

points of distinction

  • Distinct, higher vineyard terrace with old, stony soils yields impeccable Pinot Noir
  • The higher-elevation Te Muna Road Vineyard is harvested about a week later than nearby sites; grapes have greater freshness and acidity
  • Single-vineyard Pinot Noir with complex, subtle fruit and very good length
  • about the grape +
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I am fortunate to lead an extraordinary group of people who want to be part of creating something truly magnificent that successive generations can admire and enjoy for years to come. I love our great estates and feel a strong connection to their complexities and subtleties.

– Julian Grounds, Winemaker

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