Cambridge Road – Pinot Noir Interwoven with Syrah

27-Mar-2012

I visited Lance Redgwell of Cambridge Road Vineyard in Martinborough earlier this year and was impressed with his enthusiasm and detailed approach in his tiny 1.8 ha vineyard and in the winemaking. He represents the ‘new wave' of winegrower with an open mind, leading him to his biodynamic approach in the vineyard, and the new ‘traditional' philosophy of representing the land in his wines. (Click here to read my article on my visit to Cambridge Road.) The vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace, purchased in 2006, was Murdoch James' ‘Fraser Block', and is planted to 73% Pinot Noir and 27% Syrah, the latter at around a quarter of a century old, thus are among the oldest in the country. The Cambridge Road wines made by Lance have varietal expressions of Pinot Noir and Syrah, and a field blend of the two varieties called ‘Dovetail' which denotes how the two varieties are melded together for Lance in his vines, and how they can be blended as a wine. Due to the tiny output of his home block, Lance has sourced quality fruit from neighbouring vineyards. In all of the wines however, the style aimed for is one of class and subtlety. www.cambridgeroad.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009
  • Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010
  • Cambridge Road Martinborough Syrah 2009

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