From the winemaker…
Wonderful aromatics of dark cherries and plum notes, with hints of Asian spice and dried herbs instantly grab your attention on the nose of this elegant Pinot Noir. On the first sip, your palate is greeted with soft juicy red fruit flavours with spicy notes in the background. The moreish tannins and a velvety texture make for an impressive finish.
Te Tera Pinot Noir comes mainly from the younger vineyards (vine age ranges from 8-25 years old) within the Martinborough appellation. These vineyards sit on a mix of alluvial and clay soils. The younger vineyards tend to produce Pinots that feature spicy notes on the nose paired with soft fruit flavours and a smooth finish on the palate.
2019 was an excellent season in Martinborough although it didn’t start out that way. A late spring frost on October 19th caused some loss of fruit in some of the cooler vineyards. A wet spring followed which allowed vines to bounce back and grow to reach the top wire by Christmas. The traditional dry Martinborough summer finally arrived in January and carried right through to harvest. Fruit picking started on the 29th of March – and the beautiful conditions carried on throughout harvest. All fruit was picked in clean and ripe conditions, and picking fiished the first week of April.
The grapes are mainly hand-picked from the younger vineyards in Martinborough and are 100% destemmed, hand-plunged, and fermented with natural yeast. Natural malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak and the wine is aged for ten months on its lees before blending.
Recommended Cellaring 2-8 years from vintage
Serve at 14-17 degrees Celsius
Why we like it…
Red cherries, red plums and a dash of spice. Fabulous with red meat, game and poultry – this charming Pinot Noir is excellent value for money.
- 94 Points, Wine Orbit Sam Kim 2020
- Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
- 5 Stars, Cuisine Magazine 2021
- Gold, Dish Magazine 2021