The Elder Martinborough Pinot Gris 2014

One of the new wave of Martinborough wine producers, The Elder Pinot label of Mike and Mararet Hanson and Nigel and Bridgit Elder have experienced rapid success. The owners attribute much of the growth and acceptance of their label to the unique vineyard on protected terraces at the southern end of the Te Muna Valley and to the careful winemaking of Paul Mason. However I also see first-class viticultural management and decisions, and the enthusiasm and positive approach to the marketplace as important contributing factors. The result is a string of fine wines from the inaugural 2010 vintage. (Click here to see my report of a vertical tasting of all the wines made from 2010 to 2013.) The 12 ha vineyard is planted 80% to Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Gris, the former variety the emphasis and passion of the brand. The latter variety has been the runaway commercial success, with the more weighty and complex Alsace-inspired style proving to be a hit. Here, I review the new 2014 vintage of Pinot Gris, to be released in the near future.


  • The Elder Martinborough Pinot Gris 2014

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