Maori Point 2017 Pinot Rosé, 2015 Pinot Gris Fumé and 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir

Last month I was graced with a visit by Matt Evans, one of the partners of Maori Point Vineyard in Tarras, Central Otago (click here to see my report). Matt and his wife Maggie became shareholders with John Harris and Marilyn Duxson in 2015, and between them they tend the 6.5 ha vineyard planted to Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, making a range of fun as well as very serious wines on site. Matt says that of the four owners, he’s the only one without a PhD, but he participates fully in the scientific approach to winegrowing and winemaking. He says, "in particular, lately we've been exploring the microbial basis for terroir, as supported by the research of people like Dr. Matthew Goddard” and "we are motivated by awe for the complexity and beauty that nature can create through all of its myriad actors and materials and interactions”. To me, this pushes the boundaries of the scientific method, but can appreciate as they do, that wine (and life) is far more than what is immediately tangible and measurable. In any situation, the Maori Point wines appear to be making a step up, and Matt has sent three wines to show what is happening. I review them here. www.maoripoint.co.nz


  • Maori Point Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
  • Maori Point Central Otago Pinot Gris Fumé 2015
  • Maori Point ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

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