The Elder 2016 Rosé, 2015 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir

The Elder Pinot is the Martinborough wine venture of Mike and Margaret Hanson and Nigel and Bridgit Elder. The quality of the wines and the recognition of the brand has been recognised very quickly by the market, and the wines are in high demand. The Elder Pinot is based on the ‘Hanson’ vineyard, a 12.15 ha site on the old Ruakokapatuna river terraces overlooking the Te Muna Valley. There the Hansons have 6,000 vines as well as 1,100 olive trees. The vines are planted in the ratio of 80% Pinot Noir to 20% Pinot Gris.

The Hansons met Nigel Elder when he was serving as Martinborough Vineyard’s viticulturist, and he was particularly taken by the beauty of the site and the quality of the grapes. After his departure from Martinborough Vineyard, he later met up with the Hansons and together, the Hansons and Elders set up their business by creating their own label, the first vintage being in 2010. The wines are made by Paul Mason at Martinborough Vineyard, which continues to take a portion of the fruit under contract. Here, I review the inaugural 2016 Rosé, the 2015 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir, due for release at the end of November. Winemaker Paul Mason was reluctant to make a rose from the Pinot Noir fruit because of its high quality, but the Hansons and Elders were keen to expand the portfolio and test the market. The wines will be released at the end of November.


  • The Elder Martinborough Rosé 2016
  • The Elder Martinborough Pinot Gris 2015
  • The Elder Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

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