Richmond Plains and Te Mania 2014 Whites and Rose, and 2013 Pinot Noir

The Nelson wine labels of ‘Te Mania’ and ‘Richmond Plains’ are distinctly separate, the former being owned by the Harrey family, and the latter by the Jensen families. Vineyard sources are different and the bottlings distinct, reflecting the history and vineyard sources behind each. But there is considerable interaction between the two brands and families, and the two are coming closer in many ways. Richmond Plains was based on the organic and biodynamic approach from the start, but as time has gone on, Te Mania has increased its commitment to the same. Both labels come under the ownership of Appleby Vintners, a company in which the two families have equal shares. Jon Harrey has the operational responsibility and Lars Jensen looks after sales and marketing. The company operates a shared winery with Steve Gill as winemaker and Kris Cumpstone as the vineyard manager. Understanding these points allows for an appreciation of both brands as being equals in the premium market. Here, I review the first of the 2014 releases from Richmond Plains and Te Mania, as well as the 2013 Te Mania Reserve Pinot Noir.


  • Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2014
  • Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
  • Te Mania Nelson Pinot Gris 2014
  • Te Mania ‘Reserve’ Nelson Pinot Noir 2013

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