Schubert 2008 Marions Vineyard Pinot Noir (Wairarapa, NZ)

I was privileged to try Schubert wines during a lovely vineyard lunch hosted by Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling in their Martinborough vineyard a few years ago. All their wines were outstanding but during the lunch I thought their ‘Marion’s Vineyard’ pinot noir matched the food and the occasion perfectly. I opened a bottle of this fabulous wine this evening and found it had matured and grown into a rich, serious & complex wine of great character.

It had impeccable tannins and finish resulting in the type of silky wrapping you look for in a really outstanding pinot noir. However it was the complexity of the nose and palate that really provided a special experience with this wine. The nose featured hints of undergrowth, dried orange peel and herbs such as thyme & cloves as well as tobacco and red fruits. The palate was even more complex with dominant fine cherry layered with blackberry, liquorice, earth, smoked meat, shiitake mushrooms. It is a wonderful food wine and paired well with duck confit but would be equally at home with tea smoked duck, pork belly and spiced asian pork dishes.

Schubert Wines were established by Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling in 1998, both graduated from Geisenheim University in Germany. They worked with winemakers like Erni Loosen of Dr. Loosen Estate in Germany before coming to NZ and fulfilling their dream to establish their own vineyard. Their passion and attention to detail is creating wines which rank with the elite of NZ’s pinot noir offerings.


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