A famed runholder who founded Martinborough, John Martin bequeathed land to the township, which is where the first vines in the region were planted. Te Kairanga currently sits on part of John Martin’s original run of land and the Pinot Noir we have named for him is made from a barrel selection of our very best parcels of wine.
- NZ - Martinborough
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
Our 2009 John Martin Pinot Noir leads with intense spice, plum and black cherry aromas followed by rich, concentrated fruit flavours supported by notes of toasty oak. Soft, silky tannins and supple texture round out the palate.
Low-cropping vines, selective hand-picking, small batch fermentation and sensitive oak handling contribute to producing this fine wine. Winemaking is ‘hands-on,’ with traditional fermentation in small vats (two to three tonnes), hand-plunging and gentle pressing off. Our winemaking facility uses ‘gravity’ principles for gentle handling of the grapes - a key contributor to quality.