Pinot Noir, Te Muna Road Vineyard

Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir
From the old, stony soils of the higher terrace on our Te Muna Road Estate, this vineyard is planted with eight clones of Pinot Noir in more than 40 different parcels.

From this melange of parcels, the grapes are hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts before spending 8 months in small French oak barrels without racking to produce our Te Muna Road Pinot Noir - a dark and brooding wine with a silky layered texture that provides interest and complexity.

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  • Reviews

  • Bright red cherry with a crimson hue. Aromas of black cherry, gentle toast and wild herbs prevail with a strong sense of the forest. Lovely ripe flavours of black cherry and red fruits are balanced with fine velvety tannins and a hint of dry earth. Long, soft, fine grained finish.

  • Warm and early, dry 

    Brix:   24.3 average 
    Production level: 41 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 100%


    Whole bunch:  10%    
    Destemmed:  90%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Combination of French oak cuves & open top stainless steel tanks
    Fermentation:    Indigenous
    Barrel type:    French oak barriques
    New barrel %:   25%   
    Maturation:  10 months  
    Fining:    No
    Filtration:   Yes - Coarse 
    Bottled:    April-14


    Alcohol:    13.7
    Residual sugar:    Nil
    pH:    3.7
    Acidity: 4.6 g/l

  • Date: November 2015
    Publication: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
    Pure Gold Medal Winner

    May 2015
    Publication: International Wine Challenge 2015
    Trophy & Gold Medal Winner
    "A supremely sophisticated wine. Notes of spices, Christmas cake and raspberries dusted with icing sugar. Hints of crushed cardamom and damson plums. Balanced grippy tannins make this a brilliant wine for the table. Will develop with age."
    Date: October 2015
    Publication: Wine Spectator
    93 Points 
    "Elegant, with dried floral, baked apple and white pepper aromas and Earl Grey tea, wet clay and wild strawberry notes, Supple texture."

     MaryAnn Worobiec

    Date: April 
    Publication: Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
    5 Stars, 18.5 Points
    "This is an elegantly rich, complex and savoury flavoured Pinot Noir with freshness and fine structure."
    - Raymond Chan 

    Date: July 2015
    Publication: Bob Campbell Wine Reviews
    5 Stars, 95 Points
    “This seamless, silken-textured Pinot Noir is very seductive indeed. I detected a real vineyard character – red cherry, violets and subtle spices and a sinewy structure covered by a flesh of sweet fruit. ”
    - Bob Campbell MW