I visited this small Martinborough vineyard a couple of years ago and was impressed with the terroir, wines and passion of the vigneron. John Douglas – Wine maker/ viticulturist is single handedly responsible for producing Te Hera wines. The vines are planted on a 25 m thick layer of glacial gravel which allows them to put down very deep roots; a foundation for deeply flavoured and textured wines. Barrel tastings and a selection of different recent vintages show the potential of this vineyard. A recent tasting of 2008 Te Hera pinot noir displayed a complex nose of dark berries and spice. The plate was less complex and not as powerful as the nose promised but it may be going through a resting period and the fruit may come back. It would be good to try another bottle in a years time. Nether the less the texture was good and it has some nice flavours of raspberry, cherry, spice and coriander.