Porters Pinot ‘Kereru’ 2015 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir, and 2014 Estate Pinot Noir

10-Oct-2017
Although John and Annabel and son Hugo of Porters Pinot are one of Martinborough’s smallest producers, they have a fine track record going back to their establishment in 1992. Their first vineyard was the ‘Old Block’, opposite Palliser Estate on Kitchener Street, now with 4 ha of vines, and this was added to by the purchase of the 2.4 ha old Lintz vineyard next to their house in 2009. This is the ‘House Block’, but may be called ‘Home Block’ from now on. These two sites have provided the Pinot Noir wines and a smaller amount of Pinot Gris that makes the Porters Pinot range.

The Porters have now introduced a new label named ‘Kereru’ named after the "majestic” native bird, the New Zealand wood pigeon, which, has begun to return to a block of native bush purchased by the Porters several years ago. It was formerly used as grazing land, but is now fenced off and a program of replanting of native species and forming a wetland has been introduced. Under the ‘Kereru’ brand, the Porters are making different wines to match the ‘Estate’ wines, and proceeds from the sale of the Kereru Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir will go to the upkeep ns maintenance of the block, intended to be preserved for future generations.

Here, I review the inaugural ‘Kereru’ wines, a 2015 Pinot Gris and a 2014 Pinot Noir, as well as the 2014 ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir. The latter wine is a richer vintage but still shows a style of beauty that is more feminine as the Porter’s wines usually are. www.porterspinot.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Porters ‘Kereru’ Martinborough Pinot Gris 2015
  • Porters ‘Kereru’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Porters Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

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