As a region, Martinborough's name is becoming known worldwide, with outstanding international wine awards, particularly for classic varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Though small by world standards, Te Kairanga is one of Martinborough's largest wine producers, and a leader in striving for quality.
This Sauvignon Blanc displays a light straw color with a subtle green tinge. It has lively ripe fruit aromas of capsicum and citrus with an underlying hint of riper pineapple characters. The palate is fresh and crisp with firm acidity giving good balance, structure and length. This wine is ready to drink now. Enjoy as an aperitif or with chicken, fish, shellfish, oysters, salmon, salads and pasta.
"Loads of pepper and spices are intermingled with candied grapefruits in the nose of the 2004 Sauvignon Blanc. A fine value, it offers a rich mouthful of apricots and gooseberries in a fresh, silky, medium-bodied, balanced format." 87 pts- Wine Advocate, Robert Parker
Te Kairanga Winery
Though small by world standards, Te Kairanga is one of Martinborough’s largest wine producers, and a leader in striving for quality.
Every year, sunshine and the seasons vary in the vineyard. Each year, nature works a different magic in the grapes. As a small winery Te Kairanga is free to express these differences in the subtle variations of the wines from vintage to vintage.
Pronounced “tee kigh-runger”, Te Kairanga is a traditional Maori place name (Maori are Polynesian people), meaning “where the soil is good and the food is plentiful”. However you pronounce it, it means - great wine!
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Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of these three regions are interchanged, but know that all three names mean the wine has come from the bottom tip of New Zealand's North Island.
The grape making the most splash from the area is Pinot Noir. It is the region's most planted variety and the one getting the most attention. However, being that it's the neighbor of Sauvignon Blanc land, Marlborough, it uses these climate similarities to produce delicious wines from that grape as well.
The country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.