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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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Ata Rangi Ltd

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

  • Schubert Wines Limited

    A world search, which also included France, Germany, North and South America as well as Australia...

  • Palliser Estate Wines

    The first Palliser Estate vines were planted more than 20 years ago, in 1984. Today, our wines ar...

  • Matahiwi Estate Winery

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

  • Loopline Vineyard

    The first grapes on the Opaki plains were planted by Frank Parker in 1990. He planted an acre...

  • Martinborough Vineyard

    Martinborough Vineyard has won the Pinot Noir trophy at the 2009 Tri Nations Wine Challenge for i...

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  • Craggy Range Pinot Noir Martinborough Te Muna Road Vineyard 2010


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    Wine review by lmladores

  • Johner Pinot Noir Martinborough 2009


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Brodie Pinot Noir Martinborough 2009


    Perfumed, very pretty, Burgundian, leafy dried herb aromatics, bright fruit, bit of wood backing it all up, delicate and clear, raspberry fruit, light red fruit, super lively in the mouth, touch too much wood perhaps but this is aromatic and vibrant in the mouth, nuanced herb and savory notes all over the place, a bit too much wood again on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Johner Pinot Noir Reserve Martinborough 2009


    A bit smoky, a bit of nuttiness, larger format wood? A bit sappy, some earthy, herbal rhubarb notes, very fine texture, a lovely richness with some peachy tones knit into the seamless bitter cherry, slightly jammy strawberry fruit, late arriving earth and wood spice add detail, floats away on the finish, lovely ripe tannins and well integrated a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Murdoch James Estate Pinot Noir Martinborough Blue Rock 2010


    Intense and heavy on the nose. Firmly oaky, plummy, tobacco smoke, blackberry fruit, super savory dried herbstem notes, rich and very powerful but with impressive cut, there's really bright acid here, a deep core of savory fruit, super savory and layered with dried herb tones, a touch of salted plum, vanilla and incipient game notes, too big for... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir Martinborough Martinborough Terrace 2010


    Tight, touch of powdered cherry sugar, wood, spice, hint of age, rich, broad and high, great inner mouth perfume, wild cherry, plum, herbs, a touch of meaty extract, superb tannin ripeness, powerful but still retiming a sense of delicacy, really fine drive to the cherry fruit on the backend, finishes with rich flavor and continuing delicacy of t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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