Te Hera Pinot Noir (Martinborough, NZ)

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.


John Douglas shows us the Te Hera soil profile


Te Hera Pinot Noir (Martinborough, NZ) — 2 Comments

  1. For the past 33 years I have been creating a collection of wine labels from my home in northern California. It would be with great pleasure to be able to include your labels in my collection. I am interested in older vintage dated and labels with a vineyard designation. Thank you very much for your consideration.

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  2. Re-tasting this wine today and am please to confirm that the promise and potential of this wine is now being realised. It is drinking superbly now 12 months on: super fine tannins, beautiful balance and very good length. Cherry flavours have been supplemented and enhanced with earth and anise spice. A beautiful pinot noir. No reservations!

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