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Te Kairanga Pinot Noir 2002

Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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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 Pinot Noir displays a medium purple color. Aromas of fresh cherries, omega plums and a hint of chocolate dominate the nose. An underlying spicy, mushroom complexity is quite evident. Sweet fruit dominates and delivers a big, textured, and concentrated palate with persistence and length. The silky tannin structure and subtle oak treatment complement the rich fruit, giving a beautifully integrated and balanced wine. This wine is ready to drink now. Pair this with red meats, game and mature cheeses.

"Tart, tangy and distinctive for its raw-edge style, offering blueberry, dusky spice and metal flavors that linger on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2007."- 88 pts- Wine Spectator, November 2003

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Te Kairanga

Te Kairanga

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Te Kairanga, , New Zealand
Te Kairanga
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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A large and geographically diverse AVA responsible for a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington State’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA extends into northern Oregon as well. Because of its vast size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which is further split into three more even smaller AVAs. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences cold winters and long, dry growing seasons. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling, the styles of which depend on the warmth of the site. Citrus and green apple are common to both in cooler sites, while warmer vineyards will produce riper, fleshier stone fruit flavors.

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