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Martinborough is a small town and wine region within the Wairarapa district of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s located a small distance from the capital city of Wellington, and noted for its premium boutique wineries. 
 
The region benefits from free-draining alluvial soils, long sunny days, cool nights and minimal rainfall, which create the perfect conditions for well balanced, character-driven grapes. Pinot Noir is the standout varietal, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer also grown. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Martinborough View all

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Martinborough View all

  • Alana Estate Ltd

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

  • Martinborough Vineyard

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

  • Vynfields

    Vynfields is a boutique organic/biodynamic vineyard, located 3 minutes from the Martinborough Vil...

  • Murdoch James, Martinborough

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

  • Ata Rangi Ltd

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

  • Palliser Estate Wines

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

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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


  • Gladstone Pinot Noir Martinborough 2010

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    Pretty on the nose, lightly floral, fresh plum, sappy astringent red berry, very light and layered, fine herb notes' sweet berry fruit on entry, bright, lovely herb toes, delicate and fresh, delicious wine, super inner mouth perfumes, refined and delicate, lovely drive to the fruit, puritans precision, finishes a bit short but succulent with red... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tiwaiwaka Pinot Noir Martinborough 2010

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    Dense, lightly beefy, pressed flowers and cut cherry fruit, soil, almost chalky, bit of pencil lead, oak showing. Vibrant and bright, pretty large s led but this shows some blueberry up front, game, Sapid and fine dark plum notes, mineral cut, little cola, very complete, steely acids, nice aromatic spice notes on the finish, then this turns tigh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough 2010

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    Tight, super fine, cool, crushed berry fruit, silky, supple, rather large scaled but deliciously well balanced, deep sappy fruit, fine bitter cherries huge mineral notes on the finish, a touch of toasty nuts, bright and tense, huge real ours of deep, savory fruit, long and supper fine finish, dry and severe but not austere, this is extract of bi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough 2010

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    Tight, super fine, cool, crushed berry fruit, silky, supple, rather large scaled but deliciously well balanced, deep sappy fruit, fine bitter cherries huge mineral notes on the finish, a touch of toasty nuts, bright and tense, huge real ours of deep, savory fruit, long and supper fine finish, dry and severe but not austere, this is extract of bi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Margrain Pinot Noir Martinborough Home Block 2009

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    Pretty perfumes, earthy, lightly smoky, floral, rhubarb, strawberry and raspberry, a little wood, a touch blocky in the mouth but light and lively, really attractive freshness here with an edge of sage and spice topping the vivid raspberry fruit, very Oregon styled, rose pets in the mouth, plummy finish, vibrant and zesty, impressive fruit density Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murdoch James Estate Blue Rock Pinot Noir NV

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    Intense and heavy on the nose. Firmly oaky, plummy, tobacco smoke, blackberry fruit, super savory dried herb stem 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 fo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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


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