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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Jun 01, 2016
Vino Fino

From The Tastings - Te Kairanga

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with John Kavanagh

Established over 30 years ago Te Kairanga was one founding wineries in Martinborough but after early successes seemed to become quite inconsistent and lack focus during the late 1990s and into the 2000's. The purchase in 2011 by American Bill Foley and the appointment of winemaker John Kavanagh from Neudorf has seen a big turn around in the quality and focus. All the wines are now sourced only from their own estate vineyards in Martinborough​ and there has been a quantum leap in quality. Tonight we had a look at the current releases with a couple of previous vintage wines to compare.  

with John Kavanagh

Established over 30 years ago Te Kairanga was one founding wineries in Martinborough but after early successes seemed to become quite inconsistent and lack focus during the late 1990s and into the 2000's. The purchase in 2011 by American Bill Foley and the appointment of winemaker John Kavanagh from Neudorf has seen a big turn around in the quality and focus. All the wines are now sourced only from their own estate vineyards in Martinborough​ and there has been a quantum leap in quality. Tonight we had a look at the current releases with a couple of previous vintage wines to compare.  


Vino Fino

Te Kairanga Estate Riesling 2014
An elegant, citrusy style that is on the drier side at 6.5gms rs. Quite juicy and acidulous with a nice core of mandarin peel, apple, lemon flavours and long fresh finish. A very good Riesling.          
Retail $22.99   Special $18.99
 
Te Kairanga Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015
A reasonably serious style with a 10% barrel ferment component. Whilst there are some tropical fruit notes there are plenty of the more herbaceous, blackcuurant leaf, gooseberry flavours. The wine-making components add richness to the palate.               
Retail  $20.99  Special $17.99
 
Te Kairanga Estate Pinot Gris 2015
 Also a dry style (2 gms rs) with 20% barrel. John describes it as a 'pretty' style with peach, pear fruit flavours. It also has a nice mineral drive to take it away from the 'flabbiness' of many Pinot Gris.          
Retail  $22.99  Special $18.99
 
Te Kairanga Estate Chardonnay 2014
Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented - this a very classy Chardonnay. Fruit flavours are in the peach spectrum with winemaking adding nut, lightly toasty meal characters. This offers plenty at this price.  
Retail $24.99   Special $20.99
 
Te Kairanga John Martin Chardonnay 2013
A step up - in quality and price. From the original 25 year old Mendoza Home Block vines. This is a full bodied Chardonnay that is quite rich with a touch of creaminess. Quite traditional in style with big golden fruits; buttery and toasty. Excellent wine        
Retail  $40.99  Special $34.99
 
Te Kairanga Estate Pinot Noir 2014
It is probably with the Pinot Noirs that Te Kairanga have made the biggest improvements, and it is easy to see why the accolades are begining to stream in - it has just won a prestigious Gold at the International Wine Competition in the UK. Quite floral and aromatic with dark raspberry, cherry and spice box flavours. Elegant and yet quite powerful with fine tannins. Excellent value..               
Retail  $28.99  Special $23.99
 
Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2013
The first of the two vintage comparisions. Both 2013 and 2014 were very good vintages in Martinborough with the 2014 a bit cooler and starting a bit earlier. The fruit comes from the Home and McLeod vineyards on the Martinborough terraces. This is quite a big silky, savoury Pinot with a nice touch of spiciness.             
Retail  $33.99  Special $28.99
 
Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2014
Reflecting the slightly cooler, earlier vintage, this has a bit more floral fragrance along with more intensity. Showing great 'pinosity' that has a beautiful flow through the palate. A bigger, stronger wine than the 2013.          
Retail $33.99   Special  $28.99
 
Te Kairanga John Martin Pinot Noir 2013
Named after the founder of Martinborough town, this is mainly from the Home vineyard and mainly Abel clone (70+%). Concentrated and fleshy with impressive dark violet, spice aromas. Easy to see why it has been rated 5 Stars by all reviews - Bob Campbell, Michael Cooper, Raymond Chan, Sam Kim, Gourmet Traveller, Winestate, Decanter...           
Retail $50.99   Special $43.99
 
Te Kairanga John Martin Pinot Noir 2014
The 2014 fruit came mainly from the McLeod vineyard, also predominately Abel clone. Again lifted and floral. Although only 10% whole bunch pressed, there is a definite spiciness evident that John says is a hallmark of the region and clone. Very impressive wine!            
Retail  $50.99  Special $43.99