Wines

Te Hera Reserve – Pinot Noir 2014

Production

Vineyard managed using organic/biological principles.
Handpicked mid-April.
De-stemmed without crushing, using gravity.
Wild yeast fermentation.
16 months French oak barrels 30% new.
250 cases produced.

Tasting notes

Colour: Medium red.

Nose: black-fruit, dark cherry and berry with subtle complex herb, spice and liquorice nuances, and there are nice touches of violet supported by subtle smoky oak.

Palate: There are layers of flavour here, dark red berry fruits and plums with savoury earth and game layers, underscored by fine tannin and structure. This wine offers classic Martinborough Pinot Noir characters.

Cellaring

Drink now or cellar 5-7 years.

Kiritea – Pinot Noir 2014

Production

Vineyard managed using organic/biological principles.
Handpicked mid-April.
De-stemmed without crushing, using gravity.
Wild yeast fermentation.
11 months old French oak barrels.
750 cases produced.

Tasting notes

Colour: Medium red.

Nose: The aroma is unmistakeably Pinot, with dark cherry and berry fruit, supported by subtle smoky oak and there are nice touches of violet and spice in the mix.

Palate: Has a fine and elegant mouth feel. There are layers of flavour here, lovely fruit in the berry and cherry spectrum. Savoury complexity and soft tannins support the sweet fruit to give a rich mid-pallet. This wine offer typical pinot noir character at a brilliant price.

Cellaring

Drink now or cellar 3-5 years.

Ocean Child Riesling 2016

Named in honour of John’s great, great grandmother, born somewhere in the southern ocean en-route to New Zealand in 1849 and entered in the ships log as “the ocean child”.

The Riesling is planted in a particularly frost-prone part of the vineyard, therefore is only made when it escapes damage from spring frost.2016 vintage was made from donated fruit.

Production

Whole bunch pressed.
Settled overnight.
Fermented in stainless steel, temperature controlled for slow fermentation to preserve fruity characters.

Tasting notes

Nose: Delightfully aromatic and fruity with citrus lime and mineral overtones.

Palate: Dryish in style, this wine has a lovely fresh and delicate palate with the lemon/lime character following through. It has a crisp and harmonious finish.