Murdoch James Estate Martinborough
Pinot Noir and Syrah are the main thrust of production at this expanding organic estate in Martinborough. Pinot, especially in the top Fraser Estate and Blue Rock bottlings, is ripe, rich and fleshy with something of a Pommard-like strength. A tendency to slightly overripe fruit and the use of 100% French oak give the wines a distinctive stamp but they are nonetheless very good. Syrah is in the same mould with lots of extract; it needs a little more refinement but is promising too. A Cabernet Franc comes from the Blue Rock Vineyard as well. Sauvignon Blanc is a good Martinborough example and Riesling and Pinot Gris are also made.
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