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.

94 Points
The World of Fine Wine
2013 vintage
93 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2013 vintage
Harvest Note
2013 was a very kind growing season. A warm and dry spring created rapid early vine growth stages and flowering. Fruit setting conditions were close to ideal with nice and even berry development and moderate bunch sizes established. A warm and dry summer lead to drought which was broken by significant rainfall in early February and mid-March. These events created some fruit stress but the surrounding dry periods kept issues at bay. The harvest took place during a condensed warm and dry period starting on the 30th of March. The Pinot Noir is intense and generous with long fine tannins and strong aging potential.
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.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Martinborough
PH: 3.76
ACIDITY: 5 g/l
ABV: 13.4%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: Nil
Unique Selling Points
  • 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

Pinot Noir
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
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