Cambridge Road Martinborough 2016 ‘Animus Noir’ and 2017 and 2013 Pinot Noirs

16-Jul-2018

Lance Redgwell and Cambridge Road Vineyard represent the modern face and enquiring mind of the ‘third wave’ of winegrowers in Martinborough. In 2006, he purchased the 1.8 ha vineyard planted to 73% Pinot Noir and 27% Syrah in 1986, and thus gained the valuable resource of old vines, the Syrah possibly among the oldest in the Martinborough district. Lance approaches his winemaking with a philosophy of minimal intervention, and is adventurous in his winemaking, not afraid of employing edgy techniques that are seen in the making of ‘natural’ wines. and indeed his diverse portfolio includes many examples of these ‘cutting edge’ styles. As his Cambridge Road vineyard has a limited yield, Lance sources fruit from other vineyards in the region, and beyond. He has plenty of support from other like-minded winemakers, such as Alex Craighead, who was at Alana Estate until recently, and cites Theo Coles, Jen Parr and Dom Maxwell as winemakers who inspire him. He has captured the attention of many of the sommeliers who are keen to work with the innovative and alternative styles. I should point out that Lance is broad-minded and has wines which are more ‘conventional’, but continues to investigate the influences of technique on style. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Animus Noir’, plus 2017 and 2013 Pinot Noirs. www.cambridgeroad.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Cambridge Road ‘Animus’ Noir’ Martinborough 2016
  • Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017
  • Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

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