Martinborough Vineyard and Te Tera 2016, 2014 and 2013 New Releases

17-Oct-2016
Under the Foley Family Wines umbrella since 2014, Martinborough Vineyard is going through a phase of revitalisation, as has the Te Kairanga operation, also in the Foley portfolio. The wines at Te Kairanga have shown the benefit of investment in the vineyards and winery, and no less can be expected at Martinborough Vineyard. The key assets of Martinborough Vineyard are the old vineyards, some dating back to 1980 when the first plantings of Pinot Noir were made by the founders. The vineyards come under the care of Dave Shepherd who also continues his sterling viticultural work at Te Kairanga.

Paul Mason the winemaker at Martinborough Vineyard since 2007 is assisted by Phill McArthur and together they have maintained the high standard of the wines that are classical, leading examples from the district. Paul and Phill have the benefit of greater interaction with Te Kairanga’s highly experienced winemaker John Kavanagh, and they can all call on the advice of Foley’s chief New Zealand winemaker Alastair Maling MW who joined Foley Family Wines from Villa Maria Estates last year. As can be seen, there is considerable positive resource that will ensure a strong future at Martinborough Vineyard. Here, I review a selection of new release ‘Te Tera and ‘Martinborough Vineyard’ wines, now sporting updated labels. Included is a ‘one-off’ Syrah, the fruit from Dry River’s ‘Lovat’ vineyard. www.martinborough-vineyard.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Martinborough Vineyard ‘Te Tera’ Martinborough Pinot Gris 2016
  • Martinborough Vineyard ‘Te Tera’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Martinborough Vineyard Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Martinborough Vineyard ‘Manu’ Martinborough Riesling 2016
  • Martinborough Vineyard ‘Home Block’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2014
  • Martinborough Vineyard ‘Home Block’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Martinborough Vineyard ‘Lovat Vineyard’ Martinborough Syrah 2013

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