Te Maire Rise Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009
The value of the small grower should never be underestimated. In difficult economic times, such people face enormous pressures from the lack of economies of scale. However, the well-capitalised and quality conscious can survive and prosper. And this is to the benefit of all, for it is the base of all the smaller growers and winemakers that form the personality of any winegrowing region. Te Maire Rise is the lifestyle grape growing and winemaking project of Judy Dell and Griff Page, with 0.75 ha of Pinot Noir vines planted in 2000, on a site on Te Maire Road, near the road between Martinborough and Featherston. A mix of Dijon clones is employed and the wine is made by Martinborough veteran Chris Buring of Oak House.
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Te Maire Rise Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 13-Jun-2011Dijon clone fruit from 9 y.o. vines, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc, the wine aged 11 months in seasoned oak. Moderately deep ruby-red colour with some youthful purple hues. This has a voluminous bouquet, the dark red berry fruit expression a little restrained. Elements of dried herb, earth and seasoned wood also show on the nose. Medium full-bodied, this has a good core of dark red berry fruits with flavours of dried herb and cut hay along with savoury earth and older wood notes. The fruit sweetness is match by good acidity and moderate tannin extraction, resulting in some lusciousness and a soft textured mouthfeel, which carries through to the finish. Drink over the next 4-5 years with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. 130 dozen made. 16.5-/20 Jun 2011 RRP $TBA