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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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  • Loopline Vineyard

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

  • Palliser Estate Wines

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

  • Stonecutter Vineyard

    Roger and Lucy planted Stonecutter Vineyard in 1995 having moved to Martinborough with their two ...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Escarpment Pinot Noir 2006

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    Lightly roasted on the nose, with hints of coffee accenting the spicy red fruits that are topped with a touch of blood orange and gently stemmy floral notes. Bright and ripe in the mouth with soft tannins and an edge of evolution to the core of dark red fruits. This offers some nice complexity with an edgy earthiness on the mid-palate, followed ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Craggy Range Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    Very sweetly fruited on the nose with hints of mint, vanilla, and mineral accenting the honeydew melon and peach fruit. Soft and surprisingly not fruity in the mouth, with firm mineral notes that are balanced by herbal tones and a touch of nectarine. This turns very perfumed on the finish and is an unusually elegant example of New Zealand Sauvig... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tablelands Pinot Gris Martinborough 2008

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    Wine review by Schnarfdog


  • Tablelands Sauv Blc Martinborough 2010

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    Wine review by Schnarfdog


  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 1999

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    this is my favorite SB to date (11/2010). high citrus, but not acidic. and at Costco, it's about $10. NZ has really taken ownership of the SBs, and this is a great example. wonderful with salmon. Read More

    Wine review by wineydoc


  • Craggy Range Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    Wine review by fdestin


  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 2008

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    Wine review by abrytz


  • Greystone Chardonnay 2009

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    Wine review by cmneal


  • Skyleaf Riesling 2009

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    Sugar nose fading into puckery kiwi with slight tartness at the end. Light but sticks to the front of the tongue. Lo.Li.(but no Ta.) Read More

    Wine review by Craigk8


  • Martinus Estate Pinot Noir Martinborough 2003

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    Strong complex nose with vanilla, parsley, pepper, nutmeg, cherry, plum, cedar and grass at different times over two hours. Dark fruit dominates the palate with tones of blackberry, black cherry, currant, and plum. Refreshing, smooth finish with oaky aftertaste. Dries nicely mid-trip. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Fire


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