Te Kairanga 2015 Aromatic Whites, and 2014 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs

Te Kairanga is one of Martinborough’s two largest producers, and has a history stretching back to the pioneering days in the 1980s. Since 2011, the company has been under the ownership of the Foley Family who have invested heavily in the vineyards and the upgrading of the winery facilities. The arrival of talented winemaker John Kavanagh and viticulturist Dave Shepherd have consolidated the operation, and given the potential to consistently produce first class wine. I saw the first signs of change when I visited to taste the 2013 wines in June 2014 (click here to see my report). Last month, I visited John Kavanagh at Te Kairanga and tasted a selection of 2015 barrel samples which impressed me (click here to see the report). John noted that he was particularly pleased with the 2014 bottlings, and wanted me to review them. Here, I assess three 2015 aromatic whites, and the 2014 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The white wines are restrained in fruit expression, taut in construction and appear particularly ageworthy. The Pinot Noirs are stylish and subtly different in expression. www.tkwine.co.nz


  • Te Kairanga Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Te Kairanga Martinborough Pinot Gris 2015
  • Te Kairanga Martinborough Riesling 2015
  • Te Kairanga Martinborough Chardonnay 2014
  • Te Kairanga ‘John Martin’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2014
  • Te Kairanga Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Te Kairanga ‘Runholder’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Te Kairanga ‘John Martin’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

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