2013 is one of the great vintages of Martinborough. A perfect growing season meant they could craft a perfectly balanced wine with intensity, depth and character. This wine will drink beautifully from now until you run out of bottles. Don’t miss out! Match with lobster mornay.
In 1978 Dr Derek Milne published a report on the best sites in New Zealand to make high quality wine. Martinborough showed great promise for Pinot Noir and Derek was so sure of it be rounded up 5 investors and bought 16 acres to start Martinborough Vineyards. The first plantings were in 1980 and the first vintage was 1984. Their philosophy is quality focused first and foremost and that has won them a lot of fans and accolades domestically and internationally.
Martinborough – A sub-region of the Wairarapa region is still relatively new. Really it has only been a commercial site since the early 1980s. Most of the region’s vineyards are concentrated around the town of Martinborough on special soils that are referred to as ‘The Martinborough Terrace’. Low rainfall, large diurnal temperature fluctuations and strong winds all contribute to its unique terroir. They have built a strong reputation for quality Pinot Noir.
Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.