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Martinborough Vineyards Te Tera Pinot Noir, 2010, Martinborough

Red Wine from New Zealand
This estate was established in 1980 by a small partnership with the objective of producing world-class cool-climate wines from classical grape varieties. Located on the Martinborough Terrace Appellation in the south east of New Zealand’s North Island, where the free-draining soils and cool-climate conditions, with long summers and low rainfall, are comparable with Burgundy. Their flagship wine is pinot noir, and over the years they are proud to have stayed small, consistent and quality driven, actively promoting sustainability, using organic means where possible. Vibrant, elegant and spicy pinot which over delivers at the price.
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Code: NZ5781

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Pinot Noir
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Screwcap

New Zealand

Still a baby when compared with other regions, New Zealand has quickly earned a reputation for top-quality wine. New Zealand might be a relative newcomer to the wine world (in 1960, the country had fewer than 400 hectares of vine) but its rise to pre-eminence is extraordinary. The precise, pure flavour of its wines has captured the attention of wine drinkers; Society sales certainly reflect this.

The country’s two islands cover a vast area from north to south (it is often quoted in wine books that if New Zealand was in the northern hemisphere, the country would stretch from North Africa to Paris). The maritime climate is influenced by the strong prevailing winds of the Pacific Ocean and the striking mountainous terrain. These factors give the islands a wide range of growing conditions; broadly speaking, the regions of the North Island tend to be warmer than the cooler South Island.

The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc,...
Still a baby when compared with other regions, New Zealand has quickly earned a reputation for top-quality wine. New Zealand might be a relative newcomer to the wine world (in 1960, the country had fewer than 400 hectares of vine) but its rise to pre-eminence is extraordinary. The precise, pure flavour of its wines has captured the attention of wine drinkers; Society sales certainly reflect this.

The country’s two islands cover a vast area from north to south (it is often quoted in wine books that if New Zealand was in the northern hemisphere, the country would stretch from North Africa to Paris). The maritime climate is influenced by the strong prevailing winds of the Pacific Ocean and the striking mountainous terrain. These factors give the islands a wide range of growing conditions; broadly speaking, the regions of the North Island tend to be warmer than the cooler South Island.

The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and gewurztraminer . Of the latter three, young plantings mean many styles rely more on sugar than fruit, which we avoid buying. But the very best share the intensity and palate weight of great Alsace examples with vibrant, lifted flavours. South Island’s Marlborough region is the benchmark setter for the former, and there are many pungently aromatic sauvignons that are stunning. Look out, too, for some of the exciting sub-regional wines – the Awatere is Marlborough’s coolest valley, now making really attractive, delicate and grassy wines, and Nelson across the hills is yielding superb wines from quality conscious producers like Neudorf.

The first sauvignon blanc vines were planted in Marlborough around 30 years ago, when most farmers were raising cattle or growing fruit. The wines have since taken the world by storm. Farms have been replaced by vineyards, and today, chardonnay and pinot also flourish in Marlborough’s cool climate. The choice is sensational, so is the consistency in quality. However, Marlborough is not only about sauvignon blanc and there are crisp, juicy chardonnays and ripe but balanced pinot noirs of excellence.

Further south is Central Otago, in the centre of the island. Pinot noir is something of a speciality here, though on the wrong site it can have difficulty reaching full maturity in this continental climate. The best seasons produce the country’s most dazzling examples of the grape, full-flavoured and superbly pure, and the greatest wines of this scenic region are in high demand around the world

The north island also boasts excellent wine regions. North of the city of Auckland there is the Bay of Islands where a unique microclimate helps winemakers produce some wonderful reds, and the Brajkovich family’s Kumeu River Estate, specialising in rich but elegant chardonnay, can be found just north-west of New Zealand's biggest city. Waiheke Island, just off the coast close to Auckland, also produces some excellent wines.

Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island covers an extensive area of rolling hills, a sweep of coastline and the sharply dominant Te Mata Peak. The warm climate successfully ripens red grape varieties, the very best grown in the gravelly alluvial soils of the Gimblett Gravels appellation. Syrah is now adding its name to the roll call of successful varieties like cabernet and merlot. Chardonnay is well established here too, and the area makes some of New Zealand’s fullest and ripest examples.

Close to Wellington at the southern tip of the North Island is Martinborough, arguably New Zealand’s most exciting area for pinot noir. The long growing season is particularly suitable to the slow, gradual ripening that this Burgundian grape so enjoys.
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Martinborough Vineyard

Martinborough Vineyard is one of the original pioneers in Martinborough located in the south east of New Zealand’s North Island. The first vineyards were established here as early as 1980.

The winegrowing area of Martinborough is known for its free-draining soils and favourable climate, particularly its long dry summers and warm autumns. The pinot noir grape excels here in very favourable conditions and chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc are also planted with success.

Under the early direction of respected Aussie winemaker Larry McKenna, whose adopted country saw him become a leading pioneer for New Zealand’s pinot noir industry, Martinborough Vineyard gradually built up its formidable name. Success here with pinot noir undoubtedly helped bring attention to the rest of the region’s up-and-coming wineries. When McKenna left in 1999 to set up on his own the chief winemaking mantle was then taken over by Claire Mulholland and more recently by Paul Mason.

Respect for the environment is paramount here and with the philosophy of ‘handcrafted excellence’ very much to the fore. The desire here is to remain small, consistent and quality-driven. The 60 hectares of well-established vineyards are run on sustainable lines under the watchful eye of head viticulturalist Peter Wilkins, helping to ensure naturally healthy, ripe fruit year on year. The Te Tera Pinot Noir which The Society has been following for several years is hand-harvested from some of New Zealand’s...
Martinborough Vineyard is one of the original pioneers in Martinborough located in the south east of New Zealand’s North Island. The first vineyards were established here as early as 1980.

The winegrowing area of Martinborough is known for its free-draining soils and favourable climate, particularly its long dry summers and warm autumns. The pinot noir grape excels here in very favourable conditions and chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc are also planted with success.

Under the early direction of respected Aussie winemaker Larry McKenna, whose adopted country saw him become a leading pioneer for New Zealand’s pinot noir industry, Martinborough Vineyard gradually built up its formidable name. Success here with pinot noir undoubtedly helped bring attention to the rest of the region’s up-and-coming wineries. When McKenna left in 1999 to set up on his own the chief winemaking mantle was then taken over by Claire Mulholland and more recently by Paul Mason.

Respect for the environment is paramount here and with the philosophy of ‘handcrafted excellence’ very much to the fore. The desire here is to remain small, consistent and quality-driven. The 60 hectares of well-established vineyards are run on sustainable lines under the watchful eye of head viticulturalist Peter Wilkins, helping to ensure naturally healthy, ripe fruit year on year. The Te Tera Pinot Noir which The Society has been following for several years is hand-harvested from some of New Zealand’s oldest pinot noir vines. With sumptuous red fruit notes and silky smooth tannins it is a wonderful example of premium Martinborough pinot noir.
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New Zealand Vintage 2010

A year described by some winemakers in Marlborough as a ‘dream vintage’, in which lower yields than average were harvested. A dry and disease-free summer saw extremely healthy fruit reach Marlborough’s wineries and varieties performed beautifully with pure, clean concentrated flavours. Central Otago enjoyed an exceptional vintage of lower yields, small and healthy berries and excellent concentration.

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