Martinborough Vineyard 'Te Tera' Pinot Noir 2015 (Martinborough, New Zealand) "...savoury herb, black cherry, liquorice..."
Te Tera means "the other" in Maori in reference to its big brother, the Estate Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir. This wine comes predominately from the vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace. A stunning wine!
"Dark, even ruby-red colour with light purple hues, a little paler on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is well-proportioned with good volume and depth of ripe dark raspberries, black cherries and plum fruit, along with spice and liquorice notes. The fresh fruit aromatics are joined by some savoury herb and earth detail with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and sweetly juicy with plush flavours of dark raspberries and black cherries, along with plum and liquorice notes. The fleshy fruit is balanced by fine-grained, supple tannins and fresh acidity that enable accessibility. The palate has vibrancy, richness and sweetness that carries to a sustained finish. This is a rich, fleshy and plush, dark-red, black berry and plum fruited Pinot Noir on a fine-textured, supple and refreshing palate. Match with poultry and pork, and with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from the company’s younger vineyards, vines 8-20 y.o., predominantly hand-picked, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak." - 18.5/20, Raymond Chan