One of the less exensive bottlings from the tiny region of Martinborough, Te Kairanga’s regular bottling represents a solid value. The sappy plum and black cherry flavors carry mushroomy, savory undertones characteristic of the region, finishing snappy and fresh, with good persistence. Tasty now, but should last a few years, too.
In contrast to Palliser’s second label, Pencarrow, this is a finer, more elegant expression of Pinot Noir, featuring refined cherry and sous bois notes, even a hint of mossiness. It’s medium-bodied and creamy in texture, with a mouthwatering finish.
A pleasing, ready-to-drink Pinot Noir, Margrain’s 2008 Home Block is a modest step up in concentration and length from its River’s Edge bottling, but displays similar notes of dark cherries and berries and a mushroomy edge.
Endowed with ample tannin, this may be one New Zealand Pinot Noir that requires additional bottle age. That said, positive future evolution is by no means guaranteed. Its dark, savory style is one that combines black cherry fruit with notes of roasted meat and dark coffee. Drink from 2016–2020.
A hint of green herbs on the nose gives way to more generous flavors of grapefruit and peach. The fleshy midpalate and lime backbone bode well for aging. As an example, the ’94 and ’95 are drinking well now.
Shows good intensity of pineapple, citrus and buttered-toast flavors, but still seems a bit gawky and young. Give this one another six months or a year to knit together before hitting its stride.
Hay, mint and grass add a green touch to the nose, which also features nectarine. Citrus, but nothing really defined, dominates the flavor profile. More citrus and zippy acids run wild on the finish. It doesn’t offer any one thing for you to hang your hat on.