In the cool-climate region of Martinborough, the 81.5 acre 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 are 100% hand harvested and 85% destemmed before undergoing fermentation with indigenous yeasts in a combination of French oak cuves and open-top stainless steel tanks. The wine matures for 10 months in French oak barriques, 22% new, prior to coarse filtration and bottling.

96 Points
2017 vintage
94 Points
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2017 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2017 vintage was marked by a cool, windy, and wet start to the season that created conditions for lower yields. As the summer in New Zealand progressed, the temperatures in February and March returned to average historical temperatures, which allowed the fruit on the vines to mature and develop to full ripeness prior to harvest.
Tasting Note
Vibrant red cherry with a crimson hue. Complex aromatic array of dark rose, plum, cherry, tree bark and wooden spices. Supple palate entry with attractive varietal red fruits and lovely tension from the fine tannin profile. A joyful wine full of charm.
Food Pairing
This wine pairs nicely with all types of lamb, venison, and full-flavored poultry dishes, particularly whole duck and duck breast preparations.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Martinborough
PH: 3.72
ACIDITY: 5.7 g/l
ABV: 12.76%
AGING: Maturation 9 months in French Oak & Stainless steel tanks
Unique Selling Points
  • The grapes come from a distinct vineyard terrace with old, stony soils and a higher location that produces superlative Pinot Noir
  • The higher-elevation Te Muna Road Vineyard is harvested about a week later than sites in nearby Martinborough. The grapes have greater freshness and acidity
  • This single-vineyard Pinot Noir has great complexity, subtle fruit, and very good length in the mouth

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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