TerraVin ‘Eaton Family Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2013 – 2011


Since Highfield and TerraVin merged in mid-2015, the combined company has been somewhat under the radar. Things have continued quietly, though there have been some changes. Gordon Ritchie is the chief winemaker and oversees the 32 ha of estate vineyards with consultancy from Bart Arnst. Pete Coldwell, who was general manager, and Alistair Soper who was the Highfield winemaker have departed to pursue other wine interests. The company has continued to make the TerraVin and Highfield wines which are sold mainly in the U.K. and Australian markets. However, the owners, the ‘Pinot Partners’, a syndicate of wine-enthusiastic investors are keen to see the brands have a stronger presence in the domestic market. This will involve some consolidation of the ranges of wines made, with Highfield concentrating on Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. TerraVin will no longer produce the single vineyard wines but will probably bring forward their ‘Te Ahu’ flagship tier to encompass their top Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.

The company still has limited stocks of some single vineyard Pinot Noirs, including the ‘Eaton Family Vineyard’ which was the hillside Southern Valleys site of TerraVin founder Mike Eaton. This site has yielded very attractive, refined wines with excellent aromatic character. Gordon Ritchie tells me the intention is to market the 2013, 2012 and 2011 vintages as a vertical tasting pack, very much as they did with the ‘Estate ‘ Pinot Noirs of the same years in 2016 (click here to see my reviews). Here are Gordon’s remarks on the vintages: 2013saw a late start, but warm November and December temperatures resulted in beautifully ripe grapes. Harvest was between 27 March and 15 April. In2012, a cool spring and summer saw reduced yields, but the March ‘Indian Summer’ resulted in wines of excellent concentration. Harvest was between 3 April and 1 May.2011was a moderate yielding vintage of small berries, the wines concentrated, but well balanced. Harvest was between 17 March and 4 April. Here are my reviews of the TerraVin ‘Eaton’ Pinot Noirs 2013 to 2011. All are in their maturity plateau and are showing secondary complexities, yet retain the vineyard fragrance and elegance. www.terravin.co.nz


  • TerraVin ‘Eaton Family Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • TerraVin ‘Eaton Family Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
  • TerraVin ‘Eaton Family Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

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