Wairarapa Wine

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Wairarapa is a cool-climate wine region in the southernmost tip of North Island, New Zealand. Several rivers run through it, enriching its soils and providing excellent natural sources of irrigation. Long days of sun exposure with cool breezes contribute to a lengthy growing season and well-balanced, character-driven grapes. 
 
Pinot Noir is the prominent grape in this maritime climate, especially so in the famous subregion of Martinborough. Other varietals cultivated in Wairarapa are Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. 
 
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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Murdoch James, Martinborough

    Our arm of Clan Fraser, whose ancestral home was in Aberdeenshire, immigrated to Nova Scotia in C...

  • Gladstone Vineyard

    Owner-operated by Christine and David Kernohan since 1996, Gladstone Vineyard has an established ...

  • Porters Pinot

    Porters vineyard was first planted by Annabel and John Porter in 1992 with our first vintage in 1...

  • Ata Rangi Ltd

    ATA RANGI "new beginning" or "dawn sky" was a barren 5-hectare paddock when Clive Paton bought it...

  • Alana Estate Ltd

    The Alana winery is situated within a stones throw of the Alana Single vineyard. This position op...

  • Matahiwi Estate Winery

    The vision The dream of owning a winery capable of producing world-class wine was nurtured in Lo...

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  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 2011

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    Wine review by Laranicole


  • Borthwick Vineyard Paper Road Pinot Gris Wairarapa New Zealand 2008

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    Fairly big pinot gris from New Zealand. Fresh, crisp, minerally with creamy citrus flavors. There's acidity on the front end and a fairly long finish of dried apricot and honey. Great wine for the price. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2008

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    Wine review by TD Williams


  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 2011

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    Wine review by zoewasser


  • Craggy Range Pinot Noir Martinborough Te Muna Road Vineyard 2010

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    Wine review by lmladores


  • Johner Pinot Noir Martinborough 2009

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    Organic smelling, earthy, stony, dusty, some beet root, real complexity, little cola sassafras, delicate on entry, soft and broad, nice core of fruit, a touch of earthy bitterness adds detail to the red berry fruit, stony, lovely texture and richness of flavor, good length, very varietal, nice cherry pit finale, a touch short. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Paddy Borthwick Pinot Noir Wairarapa 2010

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    Earthy, a touch sweet, light aromatics, red berry and plum fruit, a touch of wood spice, this is soft, strawberry fruit up front, lost might have some RS, lovely easy slightly jammy plum and red berry fruit, bright acids, decent follow through shows more fresh fruit check, wild. Cherry undertones, fruity style. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Escarpment Pinot Noir "Kupe" Martinborough 2009

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    Rhubarb, earthy, beet root, a little olive, definitely some astringency on the nose, savory, rich, a little sweeter and denser than the Escarpment, less cut and energy too, some black olive character, rhubarb and beet root in the. Big, rich, little powdery, dense and chewy almost cocoa like in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Te Hera Pinot Noir Wairarapa 2008

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    Nice blend of sweet toasty wood spice, cocoa, and meaty, dark berry fruit, a bit plummy, really nice palate feel, soft tannins covered in cocoa dusted cherry fruit, a bit meaty, dark and story on the backend, then the fruit shows more of. Black raspberry note before the wood tannin, wood spice and dried met finish kicks in, long, savory and ripe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brodie Pinot Noir Martinborough 2008

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    Bright aromatics, a bit of stem perhaps, perfumed, rhubarb, bit vegetal root tones, slightly medicinal, soft but pure feeling, light with a sense of delicacy but no shortage of power, big rhubarb, raspberry and black cherry fruit, finely ripe tannins, some savory, dark notes to the core but this finishes with freshness, even if there is a bit o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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