Colombo 2014 Martinborough Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Baptist Sieber and Carolyn Irwin of Colombo Winegrowers are representative of the new wave of young wine producers picking up the baton from the established winemakers in Martinborough, rejuvenating and revitalising the scene, adding a modern take to what has already been achieved. The outlook of the new people is truly refreshing and boundaries are being pushed.

Baptist worked with Georg Fromm, the founder of Fromm Winery in Marlborough, at the Fromm winery in Switzerland before coming over the New Zealand to manage the Clayvin vineyard and other Fromm interests. In December 2013, Baptist and Carolyn took over the 16 y.o. Pinot Noir block of Gary Voss and Annette Atkins situated on Todds Road on the Martinborough Terrace, where they have built a small winery and cellar door.

The Colombo venture has a 1,000 case production to date, relatively wide ranging with fruit sources outside the district. The Sauvignon Blanc is from the ‘Pencarrow’ block of Palliser Estate, Chardonnay comes from Escarpment, the Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Rosé from the ‘home’ block on Todds Road, and Syrah from William Murdoch in the Gimblett Gravels. Other bottlings have included Marlborough fruit, notably the 2013 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir and Syrah wines. All of the vinification is now conducted at the winery in Martinborough. Baptist says "our strategy is to make very serious, high quality wines, but at a price that is still accessible”. Here, I review the 2014 Martinborough Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


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  • Colombo Martinborough Terrace Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

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