te Pa 2017 Rosé and White, and 2016 ‘Oke’ and Pinot Noir Releases

14-Feb-2018

One of the success stories of Marlborough wine is ‘te Pa’ the wine growing operation of the MacDonald family, led by Haysley MacDonald. Wine is part of an agricultural business that is based on the family’s history that stretches back 800 years on the Wairau Bar. Through viticultural growth, quality winemaking and strong marketing, the te Pa wines are seeing a rapidly growing and strong presence in all distribution and sales channels. The MacDonalds have over 150 ha of vineyards on the Bar and in other Marlborough districts. The vines are tended by Gareth Exton, with te Pa since 2008, and the wines are made by Sam Bennett and Liam McElhinney. ‘te Pa’ is the premium brand, and is supported by the ‘Pa Road’ and ‘Koha’ labels. The wines show very good varietal character and the winemaking is raising the level of sophistication in the wines. Here, I review the new te Pa 2017 rosé and white wine and 2016 barrel-influenced ‘Oke’ and Pinot Noir releases. Sam Bennett reports for the 2017 wines, he has increased the amount of barrel-ferment believing the increased weight and richness would be beneficial given the season. www.tepawines.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • te Pa Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
  • te Pa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • te Pa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
  • te Pa ‘Oke’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • te Pa Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • te Pa Marlborough Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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