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Established in 1986 by Roger and Jill Fraser, Murdoch James estate has a reputation for producing award-winning wines. In 1998 the Frasers purchased the Blue Rock Vineyard located on the banks of the Dry River and developed the existing stock of Pinot Noir. In the last couple of years there has been an initiative to convert the vineyard to organic status and they have recently applied for Bio-Gro certification. They have moved away from a single crop (grapes) to a poly-culture with areas fenced off for livestock and other unsuitable areas planted with native trees and shrubs. Biodiversity also involves creating healthy environments to encourage insect and microbial change and making less intrusive use of natural resources (water management, composting). The bio-sustainable approach is intended to promote soil and vine health, better quality fruit and to accentuate the quality of the individual terroirs. The Martinborough terroir is truly special. The climate (warm days, cool evenings and long ripening season) assists complexity in the wines and the variety of different soils allows a diversity of styles and terroir differentiation. Grapes are harvested by hand and yields are incredibly low - 25-30 hl/ha. Controlled temperature fermentation and cold maceration optimise flavour and colour extraction in the wines. Malolactic conversion in oak barrels followed by ageing for 12 months in French barriques. A superbly complex Pinot with black cherry and plum flavours with lovely colour and balanced acidity receiving merited praise in the Wine Spectator.
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