What a privilege to be invited to this vertical tasting of the very first ten vintages of the Te Muna vineyard Pinots. Located in Martinborough on the southern tip of the North island Steve Smith MW feels that this is the home of pinot in NZ with its unique terroir of old cracked and fissured stones.
A fascinating tasting on several levels. One doesn’t often get to taste older vintages of New World wines party as this vertical demonstrates because often only a limited number of vintages exist, (although having recently tasted Aussie Shiraz from 100 year old wines this is not always the case) and partly because older vintages are simply not available in the market.
This vertical told a story of a new vineyard developing over time, as the vines mature the vineyard’s character is revealed. From 2002 to 2005 the wines showed more evolved vegetal and earthy characteristics the 05 particularly tasty. I liked the 07 but this was from a tough year with low yield so perhaps uncharacteristic. 08 to 11 showed more consistent purity of fruit, mineral back bone and an increasingly perfumed characteristic.
I loved these wines which have to be some of the best value fine Pinots in the world.