Margrain Vineyard Martinborough
From modest beginnings in 1992, this husband-and-wife operation now makes a fine small range from vineyards either owned or leased. Much of the land includes vines over 20 years old. Part is on the original Martinborough terrace (including what used to be the Chifney vineyard) as well as a part on terraces to the south of Martinborough. The wines are made by the Australian-trained Strat Canning and include decent examples of ripe-fruited Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, the last with a rosewater intensity in a medium-dry style. Better, though, is a very ripe yet almost Meursault-like Chardonnay with good purity, breadth and concentration. Pinot Noir is subject to a lengthy pre fermentation maceration and the Home Block has a smoky plum and cherry/ berry fruit intensity with a forest-floor aspect. It is full and quite fleshy, with good weight, breadth and a supple structure. A second label Pinot Noir Rivers Edge is also now made. Some Chenin Blanc and a traditional method sparkler La Michelle are also made.
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