From the winemaker…
Crimson is a selection of fruit from younger parcels of vines from various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with time. Now, Crimson is developing more depth of flavour, with a mix of vines aged from 5 to 20 years.
The nose is complex and beguiling with notes of cranberry, raspberry, carraway and an earthy spice note. The season of 2018 has delivered a finely structured palate, with a gentle sweet entry and enticing bramble fruits and finishes with a flourish of fine savoury tannins – classic Martinborough.
The winemaking philosophy is the same as for our signature Pinot Noir: no enzymes or yeasts are added, providing a hands-off, traditional approach which we feel more truly expresses the site.
Why we like it…
Red fruit, classic Martinborough spice and elegant silky tannins. Every bottle purchased from the winery generates a donation to help conserve New Zealand rata and pōhutukawa trees – the pōhutukawa is affectionately known as the New Zealand Christmas tree, the flower shown on the bottle decorates kiwi beaches around Christmas time each year. You can read more about Project Crimson here.