TerraVin 2011 Te Ahu, Chardonnays and 2010 Hillside Pinot Noir

Since the investment of capital at the end of 2010, Mike Eaton’s TerraVin label has the foundation to progress to even bigger and better things and there are signs the excitement and potential that TerraVin promised is surely new being realised. Mike Eaton’s viticultural skills and nous led to the source vineyards that provide the first class fruit that forms the basis of the TerraVin stable. He is now assisted by Ashley Gladman who joined as vineyard manager in 2010. The very experienced Gordon Ritchie continues in his winemaker role, finishing off the 2010 vintage wines vinified by Mike Just, and he has enjoyed the gains made over the recent years making the wines at the Framingham facility where he has full control of the processes. The appointment of Anna Paterson as general manager has enabled the hands-on team to work further focus on their areas of expertise, and the benefits are certain.

TerraVin winemaker Gordon Ritchie was in Wellington recently, and explained the greater focus on single vineyard expression of their Pinot Noirs. The future should see clearly defined bottlings from the ‘Eaton Family’, Cowley’ and ‘Calrossie’ sites. This will be at the expense of the barrel selection ‘Hillside Reserve’ wine which showcased the bigger and more structured style. The 2011 ‘Hillside Reserve’ Pinot Noir will be last under that label.

Gordon took me through the new and up-coming releases, the 2011 oak-influenced ‘Te Ahu’ Sauvignon Blanc, the 2011 Chardonnay and ‘Hillside Reserve’ Chardonnay (which will be released later, in September 2013), and the (still) flagship 2010 ‘Hillside Reserve’ Pinot Noir. My reviews follow. www.terravin.co.nz


  • TerraVin ‘Te Ahu’ Marlborough 2011
  • TerraVin Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
  • TerraVin ‘Hillside Reserve’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
  • TerraVin ‘Hillside Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

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