'This is the most beautiful vineyard in the world.'
'Te muna' means 'the secret' in Maori.
Under the first vine of block one inside the gate of this beautiful young Martinborough vineyard, (established in 1999) Aunt Sally, an elderly and wise Maori woman buried a piece of the Peabody’s family silver as a good luck omen.
'It is still the strongest vine in the vineyard.'
~ Terry Peabody
The Craggy Range Te Muna Road vineyard is 7km outside the township of Martinborough, at a higher elevation, which delays harvest by about a week. The area enjoys a climate that is closely aligned with the famous cool climate regions of Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Marlborough. Here, the focus is on our own cultivation of the classic cool climate varieties of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
'From the moment you drive in the gate of our Te Muna Road Vineyard you know you are somewhere special.'
~ David Peabody
The vineyard consists of two distinct terraces, one with very old stony soils at a higher altitude, producing exceptional Pinot Noir. Stylistically the Pinot Noir wines show great complexity, a reserved intellectual feel and very good length.
The second lower terrace is younger stony soil, interlaced with lumps of limestone, excellent for Sauvignon Blanc. All white wines from the vineyard show a distinctive fine soft chalky texture and great elegance.
Te Muna Road Vineyard Technical Details