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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. 
 
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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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • Murdoch James, Martinborough

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

  • 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...

  • Palliser Estate Wines

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

  • Alana Estate Ltd

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

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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

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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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Brodie Pinot Noir Martinborough 2009

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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


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