We strive to ensure that each wine we produce shows a clear sense of place.

Te Karianga Estate


Our winemaking philosophy


For chief winemaker John Kavanagh there is nothing more important than endeavoring to produce wines that display the characteristics of their vineyard source. _ To this end, the over 60 distinct Pinot Noir lots are individually harvested, vinified, and matured in barrels separately until final blending. _ In the winery the wines are individually punched down and gently pressed to ensure full extraction without sacrificing elegance. _ A balanced oak treatment is combined with minimal fining and filtering to help preserve both varietal purity and the distinct terroir characteristics

Our wines

Runholder Pinot Noir

Our Runholder Pinot Noir is crafted from parcels of fruit from our home vineyards and offers flavors of rich, dark cherries, spice, and hints of earthiness. A velvety texture is accented by subtle oak on the long finish.

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Runholder Pinot Noir

Our Runholder Pinot Noir is crafted from parcels of fruit from our home vineyards and offers flavors of rich, dark cherries, spice, and hints of earthiness. A velvety texture is accented by subtle oak on the long finish.

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John Martin Pinot Noir

Our John Martin Pinot Noir is crafted from our best vineyard parcels. Intense spicy aromas are balanced by rich, dark fruits. Soft, silky tannins and supple texture round out the palate and lead to a long, lingering finish.

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John Martin Pinot Noir

Our John Martin Pinot Noir is crafted from our best vineyard parcels. Intense spicy aromas are balanced by rich, dark fruits. Soft, silky tannins and supple texture round out the palate and lead to a long, lingering finish.

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John Martin Chardonnay

Our John Martin Chardonnay is crafted from our best vineyard parcels. Succulent aromas of melon and white nectarine are balanced with almond and floral notes. A rich, yet elegant palate leads to a long, rounded finish.

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John Martin Chardonnay

Our John Martin Chardonnay is crafted from our best vineyard parcels. Succulent aromas of melon and white nectarine are balanced with almond and floral notes. A rich, yet elegant palate leads to a long, rounded finish.

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TK Pinot Noir

Our Pinot Noir has plum, cherry, and cedar aromas. The palate has a sweet fruit entry with subtle spiciness and soft, gentle tannins.

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TK Pinot Noir

Our Pinot Noir has plum, cherry, and cedar aromas. The palate has a sweet fruit entry with subtle spiciness and soft, gentle tannins.

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TK Chardonnay

Our barrel fermented Chardonnay has aromas of melon and white peach. The palate is soft and textured with excellent balance.

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TK Chardonnay

Our barrel fermented Chardonnay has aromas of melon and white peach. The palate is soft and textured with excellent balance.

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TK Riesling

Our Riesling is a brilliant lime gold colour with aromas of jasmine, meadow flowers, citrus and peaches. Enticing ripe Meyer lemon, floral and mineral flavours lead to a refreshing, zingy finish.

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TK Riesling

Our Riesling is a brilliant lime gold colour with aromas of jasmine, meadow flowers, citrus and peaches. Enticing ripe Meyer lemon, floral and mineral flavours lead to a refreshing, zingy finish.

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TK Sauvignon Blanc

Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc comes from our home vineyard. It offers harmonious, lifted aromas full of tropical fruits, melon and nectarine, balanced by floral and herbal notes. The palate is bright, smoothly textured and dry, with a lovely even flow of fresh crisp fruits and an elegant lingering acidity.

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TK Sauvignon Blanc

Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc comes from our home vineyard. It offers harmonious, lifted aromas full of tropical fruits, melon and nectarine, balanced by floral and herbal notes. The palate is bright, smoothly textured and dry, with a lovely even flow of fresh crisp fruits and an elegant lingering acidity.

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TK Pinot Gris

Our Pinot Gris comes from our home vineyard. Full, rich, and smoothly textured, it offers aromas of lightly roasted cashews, pears, white peaches and a touch of quince. On the palate, a lovely even flow leads to a lingering finish with ripe pear, quince, nectarine and savoury flavours coming through in harmony.

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TK Pinot Gris

Our Pinot Gris comes from our home vineyard. Full, rich, and smoothly textured, it offers aromas of lightly roasted cashews, pears, white peaches and a touch of quince. On the palate, a lovely even flow leads to a lingering finish with ripe pear, quince, nectarine and savoury flavours coming through in harmony.

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