New Zealand’s most expensive Pinot…

Founded in 1980, Martinborough Vineyard was first to plant Pinot Noir in Martinborough, New Zealand, now famous for the variety. Through amazing wines they create true reflections of the special terroir from this region.

The Marie Zelie Pinot Noir is Martinborough Vineyard’s flagship wine, only produced in the most exceptional years, and the most expensive Pinot from NZ. It is named in honour of Marie Zelie Hermance Frere, the first winemaker in the Wairarapa who planted a selection of vines in the late 19th century. All hand harvested, all well crafted, now by winemaker Paul Mason, it’s the ultimate expression of NZ Pinot and New World wine, holding the finesse and power of Burgundian Grand Cru level…

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Rich, expansive, yet delicate aromas on the nose – full of red and black cherries, floral perfume, savoury spices, leather, oak and earthy undertones all intertwined in attractive complexity… Upon tasting it’s beautifully silky smooth and powerful at the same time… Full, concentrated flavour (juicy ripe black fruits, warm, savoury spices, earthy, ‘forest floor’ and toasty characters). The acid is mouthwatering but seamless… Oak is well integrated, same as tannins which add to the structure, but are soft and velvety… The whole palate dense and powerful, yet supple and elegant… And the length goes on and on, clearly keeping up its intensity…

From $250/bottle. There’s not much of it – only around 84 cases made from the 2008 vintage. Will cellar to 2020+…

What a wonderful wine that blows you away in silence! 🙂

One thought on “New Zealand’s most expensive Pinot…

  1. Wow! I totally want to try this, Kiwi Pinot’s are my favourite. I generally favour the Central Otago region, but this one sounds amazing, I’ll have to see how I can try it (very expensive though).

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