Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

Craggy Range

Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: New Zealand / Martinborough
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

The grapes of this Pinot Noir are 100% hand-harvested from selected blocks at our Estate-owned Te Muna Road Vineyard, one of the most prestigious growing sites within the Martinborough region of New Zealand and from other distinct areas of the appellation. The grapes are destemmed (85%) prior to whole-bunch fermentation in a combination of open top stainless steel tanks and French oak cuvees using indigenous yeasts. The wine ages nine months in French oak barriques, 7% new, before being fined, course filtered and bottled.

91 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2018 vintage
93 Points

2018 vintage
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harvest note

A warm and dry spring and summer in the 2018 growing season gave way to late season rains near harvest time. The grapes were able to develop optimally and most were picked prior to the rainy end of the season.

tasting note

Bright cherry with crimson hue. Aromatic dark cherry melds with dried herbs and subtle oak char. The wine is vibrant across the palate with svelte red fruits and velvety tannins finishing savory and dry.

food pairing

Pan seared and roasted duck leg, porcini pasta.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Martinborough
PH: 3.75
ACIDITY: 4.3 g/l
ABV: 13%
AGING: Aged 9 months in French oak barriques (7% New)

points of distinction

  • The higher elevation results in grapes with terrific freshness and acidity
  • Gentle handling with whole-bunch fermentation ensures a floral wine
  • 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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