William Grace Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

William Grace is the micro Martinborough wine venture of burgundy wine enthusiast Mark St Clair and his patner Debbie Bowie. In 2009, they planted their 0.1 ha property on New York Street to 1,000 vines, 75% in Abel clone and 25% in clone 115, this being a density of 10,000 vines per hectare. Mark and Debbie manage the vineyard to organic and biodynamic regimes, and promote low yields with one bunch per shoot and no irrigation. The first vintage was in 2012, with 23 dozen bottles (one barrel) made by their contracted winemaker Paul Mason at Martinborough Vineyard. 2013 also saw a small production with 21 dozen made, but 2015 will be a smaller vintage with particularly low yields with the 115 clone vines. With each passing vintage, Mark and Debbie see incremental advances in quality, and expect more as the vines and vineyard come into balance and grow in maturity. The nature of the vineyard, its management and the proprietors’ philosophies and aims make it a project that is extremely interesting to follow. Here, I review the 2014 vintage release. www.williamgrace.co.nz


  • William Grace Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

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