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PINOT NOIR IS THE BEATING HEART OF TE KAIRANGA.

Small parcels of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling showcase the abundance of our region.

Te Karianga Estate


TRUE EXPRESSIONS OF WHERE WE ARE

We have a real curiosity to keep experimenting and perfecting, so long as it’s a true expression of where we are. Under the direction of Chief Winemaker, John Kavanagh, our winemaking philosophy places a premium on the character of each vineyard. The Martinborough Terrace has 25m of ageing gravel soils around 2,500 years old that is unique and definitive for the varieties that we do well with.

SAUVIGNON BLANC

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Harmonious, lifted aromas full of tropical fruits, melon and nectarine are 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. This wine will pair beautifully with herb crusted Snapper and couscous or an asparagus quiche.


Awards:

Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020

91 Points, Wine Orbit 2018

RIESLING

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Dry in style, our Riesling is a brilliant lime gold colour with fragrant aromas of honeysuckle, chalk & jasmine blossom. A rich palate with flavours of Meyer lemon & mandarin is balanced by a mineral acidity and a refreshing zingy finish. Try alongside beer battered fish and chips with mushy peas.


Awards:

Gold, New World Wine Awards 2018

95 Points Decanter Panel Tasting 2018

91 Points New World Wine Awards 2017

Gold, Bragato Wine Awards 2017

CHARDONNAY

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Made from hand-picked fruit, gently whole-bunch pressed, barrel fermented and ages for 10 months in French oak. Te Kairanga Chardonnay has hints of cashew, almond and ripe white peach. The palate is elegant, poised and rich making it a perfect pairing for white meat such as Coq au Vin, Pork or goats cheese soufflé.


Awards:

90 Points, New World Wine Awards 2017

94 Points, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim, 2019

90 Points, The Real Review, Bob Campbell, 2017

PINOT GRIS

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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 in harmony with savoury flavours.


Awards:

92 Points, Cameron Douglas MW, 2017

90 Points, The Real Review, Bob Campbell 2017

93 Points, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim, 2019

JOHN MARTIN CHARDONNAY

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Light straw in colour, the Te Kairanga John Martin Chardonnay 2019 is refined and fragrant aromatics including ripe pear, yellow stone fruit and nuts with stony mineral characters lead to a deep, elegant palate. This deep, creamy mineral structure results in a luscious yet refined wine with a long, flowing finish. Best paired with tray baked chicken, butter beans, leeks and spinach.


Awards:

94 Points, Bob Campbell 2020

94 Points, The Real Review, Bob Campbell, 2018

94 Points, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim, 2019

94 Points, Bob Campbell, 2019

4.5 stars, Michael Cooper, 2019

Gold, Royal Easter Show, 2018

JOHN MARTIN
PINOT NOIR

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Named after the founding father of Martinborough, John Martin, this wine is made from our best vineyard parcels from his original landholdings and some of the oldest vines in the region. With an elegant bouquet of ripe fruits, exotic spices and finely seasoned oak, leading to a full, soft flowing palate our John Martin Pinot Noir is a pinot for pinot lovers.


Awards:

95 Points, The Real Review, Bob Campbell, 2017

Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show, 2017

94 Points, The Real Review, Bob Campbell, 2018

5 Star, Michael Cooper, 2018

Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018

Best in Show, with 97 Points, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2019

Fine Wines of New Zealand 2019 and 2020

Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2020

PINOT NOIR ROSÉ

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With an elegant coral hue our rosé promises bright aromas of strawberry and red cherry. Dry in style, this 100% Pinot Noir Rosé has a beautiful fresh palate and a mouth-watering finish. Best paired with smoked salmon and fennel flatbread or white-rind cheese such as camembert or brie.


Awards:

93 Points, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim, 2018


PINOT NOIR

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A classic crimson colour with ripe berry, plum and cassis aromas. Delightfully fragrant with vibrant bramble, wild berry spice and hints of earthiness fill the nose. The palate is plush with rich fruit, fine flow and gentle tannins.


Awards:

91 Points, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017

93 Points, The Real Review, Bob Campbell, 2017

95 Points, New World Wine Awards, 2017

Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show, 2017

93 Points, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim, 2017

91 Points, Cameron Douglas MV, 2018

94 Points, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim, 2020


RUNHOLDER
PINOT NOIR

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A nod to pioneering Martinborough ‘runholder’ and Martinborough namesake John Martin, this Pinot Noir is sourced from our home vineyards planted on his original land holdings. Runholder Pinot Noir has complex notes of dark cherries that mingle with aromatic spices and classic Martinborough savoury, earthy notes, while the palate displays vibrant fruit flavours finishing with fine silky tannins.


Awards:

Best New Zealand Pinot Noir, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017

Gold with 95 Points, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2019