Te Mania 2016 Whites and Rosé, and Richmond Plains 2016 Whites and 2015 Pinot Noir

11-Nov-2016
Although the Harrey family who own the Te Mania Nelson brand and the Jensen family who own the Richmond Plains brand share administration and winemaking facilities, and even the same winemaker, Steve Gill, they keep their labels separate. Te Mania was established in 1990, and Richmond Plains in 1991 with organics and biodynamics as a basis, the two companies sourcing fruit from different vineyard sites. Stylistically, the Te Mania wines are more up-front and fruit expressive, whereas the Richmond Plains wines are more restrained in flavour. However as time has progressed, I see a coming together, with the Te Mania wines increasingly made from certified organic fruit. T believe they will always retain their own identities, but the growing closer, especially in environmental concerns can only be a positive result.

Here, I review three 2016 Te Mania releases, and three Richmond Plains wines, two being 2016 whites and the other a 2015 Pinot Noir. 2016 was a challenging growing season in Nelson, the summer months with warmer days and nights on average, and extreme rainfall events in mid-February and March. Steve Gill reports that although sugar ripening slowed, the acids were beautifully ripe, resulting in lower alcohols but lovely aromatics and phenolic balance. He noted that ”a lot of work in the vineyard was required to ensure the harvesting of clean and ripe fruit, an expensive exercise but worth it for the results” he points out! www.temaniawines.co.nzwww.richmondplains.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Te Mania Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Te Mania Nelson Pinot Gris 2016
  • Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
  • Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2016
  • Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Noir 2015

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