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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

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

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  • Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir Martinborough Martinborough Terrace 2010

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    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


  • Escarpment Pinot Noir New Zealand 2010

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    Perfumed, fine cur plum and crystallized raspberry fruit, lovely herbal back tones, fresh and fragrant, a little tight, tense, glossy black plum skin, black raspberry fruit, touch of cool spice nice solid core of spilt ones, Stony back fruit, super fine balance, has excellent tension, ice drive, this have knifepoint balance, huge extract of frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cobblestone Pinot Noir Martinborough Te Muna 2009

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    This wine is intriguing because of its seeming tendency to blend the lines of New World and Burgundy, Delicacy and Boldness, Elegance and Power. This wine has a big core of red plum and cherries but it also shows delicate forest floor and flowers. Its full bodied yet never felt heavy, in fact just the opposite. The wine's balance seems so pre... Read More

    Wine review by Matthew Hugh Walker


  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 2008

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    Wine review by Mismay360


  • Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Case of 6 Bottles 2011

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    This smells of a flower bouquet and light honey. It taste citrus and sweet. I wish it was more crisp.This was part of a wine tasting showdown. More on the tastings at http://dionyshius.blogspot.com/2012/03/showdown-saturday.html Read More

    Wine review by shsim


  • Ata Rangi Chardonnay Martinborough Craighall 2009

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    Wild yeast and old barrel nose with a bit of almond and rich, toasty aromas layered over smoky, earthy dried orchard fruits. This is rich and powerful in the mouth but remains fresh with a fine acid backbone. The flavors are decidedly old school. The fruit is rather delicate here, playing second fiddle to the fairly prominent oak notes which are... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Escarpment Chardonnay Martinborough 2010

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    The nose here is quite savory, starting off with some gentle toast notes and a fine edge of fresh nuttiness reminding me of pignoli. Theres some aromatic butchers wax and a hint of pollen that accents the dry, soft peachy fruit on the nose. This is very light on the palate, showing an early bit of nuttiness and a stony texture under the cut orch... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Craggy Range Te Muna Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009

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    Fresh, juicy raspberry flavors and some cola notes. Very enjoyable!- WS Grand Tour 2011 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Burntspur Pinot Noir Martinborough 2009

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    Got it by luck for about $8--maybe at WF or TJ. Read More

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Palliser Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough Nz Rrp29 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by HavingFun


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