te Pa ‘The Reserve Collection’ 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Chardonnay


The te Pa wines of the MacDonald family based on the Wairau Bar in Marlborough have made major inroads in the marketplace. The ‘Koha’ wines are the accessible varietal wines, the ‘Pa Road’ are the regionally expressive bottlings and the premium tier are the ‘te Pa’ wines which highlight sub-region and vineyard character. Winemaker Sam Bennett has grown in confidence as he becomes intimate with the different vineyard sites from where the fruit is sourced, and this shows in the wines being made. te Pa are now introducing ‘The Reserve Collection’ range as the flagships, these being single vineyard bottlings made from fruit of the highest quality. The first releases are a 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and a 2017 Chardonnay. Sam tells me he was intending to release two Sauvignon Blancs – the ‘Seaside’ from the ‘Home’ block on the Wairau Bar, and the ‘Hillside’ from the Redwood Hills in the Awatere, but the wine destined for ‘Seaside’ didn’t quite measure up. A Pinot Noir 2017 is yet to be released. Here, I review the first two te Pa ‘Reserve’ wines. www.tepawines.com


  • te Pa ‘Reserve’ ‘Hillside’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  • te Pa ‘Reserve’ ‘St Leonard’s’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

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