Meaning ‘our place’, the te Pā estate is the oldest known settlement in New Zealand situated in the Wairau Bar in Marlborough and has been in the Macdonald family for over 800 years. They planted the very first vines in 2003 on the estates unique rich soils, and now have four wine varieties, which they have described below.
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
With grapes sourced from a single site, the award-winning 2013 Sauvignon Blanc boasts intense aromas of Grapefruit and Lime Zest combined with floral notes delivering an elegant array of complex flavours and a crisp refreshing finish that is synonymous with Marlborough. RRP £10.99
Like walking into a roadside fruit stand during a classic Marlborough Summer. Strawberries, Cherries and Raspberries and Plums – the red fruits of summertime in a glass. RRP £10.99
2011 Pinot Noir
Deliciously dark ruby colour with a mix of dark cherries, red fruits, earth and spice on the nose coupled with hints of cedar wood and violets. On the palate cherries and brambly berry fruits are supported by some savoury complexity and a deep rich body and smooth finish. RRP £10.99
2013 Pinot Gris
Classic Pinot Gris notes of white pear, nectarine and subtle notes of Jasmine flowers. The palate exudes purity and poise, with rich flavours of white peach and creamy nougat. RRP £10.99
So that’s what they say, but what did we think about the Pinot Noir? Well, we thought it was a delicious light red wine with a lovely smokey flavour. As the wine didn’t have the slight bitterness that can come with tannin, we decided to drink it with fish, and it didn’t overpower our meal. However, it has enough body to hold it’s own with cheese as well, so it really is a good all-rounder in our view. We’ll definitely be picking some up next time we see it.
te Pā is currently available from The Wine Society. RRP £10.99. For more information visit www.tepawines.com