Ma Maison 2011 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir

29-May-2013
Ma Maison is the boutique Martinborough winegrowing operation created by Edward and Marjory Leung, wine enthusiasts and foodies from Wellington. Edward and Marjory came to many of the fine wine tastings I ran, and their insatiable appetite for learning, in hindsight, was to set up a vineyard with the intention of making first-class Pinot Noir. It all came to light when they established their vineyard on Lake Ferry Road, just south of the Martinborough village in 1995. They extended their plantings in 1998 and produced their first wines in 2003. The vineyard area is 3.24 ha, and is planted to Abel, Dijon clones 114, 115. 667, 777 and Pommard 5, plus a small amount of 10/5. There are also a small number of Mendoza Chardonnay vines. The high density planting has the vines at 0.9 m by 1.2 m spacing, this being one of the earliesr sites planted this way in Martinborouh. Low yields are the aim of cane pruning to Guyot, with 8-10 buds laid for each vine. Insecticides are not used, with sulphur the preferred treatment, and sprays are only applied if necessary. Chris Buring is the contracted winemaker. Here I review the 2011 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus the 2010 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir. For enquiries on availability, contact Edward Leung, Tel: 027 241-1785 or Email: [email protected]

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Ma Maison Martinborough Chardonnay 2011
  • Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011
  • Ma Maison ‘Reserve Cuvee Tristan’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

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