te Pa 2016 Chardonnay and Pa Road 2015 Pinot Noir

12-Jun-2017
te Pa and Pa Road are the premium and secondary brands of the MacDonald family who are based on the Wairau Bar of Marlborough. The family has over 150 ha of vines there and has vines in other districts of Marlborough. The MacDonalds have been assertive and bold in their marketing of the wines which have seen an increased presence and availability for the consumer. The marketing has been backed up with wine quality, and both the te Pa and Pa Road wines have achieved success on the show circuit and in judgings. This is an indication of the focus of winemaker Sam Bennett and the experience of Liam McElhinney who oversees the production, as well as the fruit quality. I’ve found the wines true to variety, and that sophisticated inputs are employed in the more serious bottlings. The MacDonald family are going places. Here, I review the new release 2016 te Pa Chardonnay and 2015 Pa Road Pinot Noir. www.tepawines.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • te Pa Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
  • Pa Road Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

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