Regions > New Zealand > Wellington region

: Te Kairanga

Regions

Te Kairanga

www.tkwine.co.nz

Martins Rd, Martinborough

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (+64) 6306 9122

Te Kairanga Wines is one of the region's pioneering wineries, established by John Martin, in the mid 1980s.

They now run six vineyards in the region and are one of Martinborough's largest producers with a 200 tonne crush and 12,000 to 14,000 cases per year.

The 35 hectares of established vines at the original vineyard grow at the highest point on the Martinborough alluvial terrace, where the rich alluvial gravels are deepest.

Over the last couple of decades the winery has developed a good reputation for producing quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

In Maori Te Kairanga translates to "where the soil is rich and the food is plentiful".

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Te Kairanga John Martin PInot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($A36)

Drink:  2019

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, Abel, 777 and 105 clones, from a dry, warm vintage, floral, concentrated dark plum, raspberry and blueberry with violet and anise notes, fleshy and medium-full bodied palate with some underlying earthiness, maintains structure, line and texture despite the opulence, fine dusty tannins and chary oak on the finish  (****1/2)

Te Kairanga John Martin Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($A26)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, whole bunch pressed Mendoza clone, fermented in large format barriques and puncheons, 100% mall, powerful, ripe but linear palate showing succulent peach, grapefruit and melon with yellow flower and almond biscuit notes, plenty of toasty vanilla and savoury oak,  crunchy grapefruit acidity provides the drive (****)

Te Kairanga Runholder PInot Noir  2013

Purchased: Not ($A29)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, mix of six clones, silky black cherry, sweet plum and black raspberry with violet and anise notes, a bit lighter than the John Martin, medium boded and earthy palate with fine chalky tannins and a discrete toasty spicy oak finish  (****)  

Te Kairanga Estate Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, medium bodied dark cherry and plum, savoury and gamey with cinnamon, mocha-chocolate and subtle cigar box aspects, silky tannins, well structured and attractive style although just lacking the fruit brightness to go the very top level (****)

Te Kairanga Casarina Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, rounded expression of white peach, citrus and melon and a hint of butterscotch, buttery palate with spicy toasty oak features (***1/2)

Te Kairanga Estate Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, sweet plum and strawberry fruit, savoury palate with pleasing herbal notes and light pepper, chewy tannins, vanilla oak, good entry level Pinot (***1/2)

Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, savoury plum and black cherry with liquorice notes, austere, herbally light-medium palate with white pepper, drying tannins (***1/2)

Te Kairanga Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, soft semi-sweet style showing light gooseberry, passionfruit and pineapple and some musky notes, dry tingly finish (***)

Te Kairanga Martinborough Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, bright expression of white peach, citrus and apricot, buttery palate with spicy toasty oak features including clove (***)