Schubert Wines Martinborough
Schubert is the most exciting new name to emerge from Martinborough/Wairarapa in recent years. Germans Kai Schubert (trained at Geisenheim) and Marion Deimling made a start here in 1998 and now have around 14 ha of vineyards. Most are located at on terraces in East Taratahi (near Gladstone) but the balance is from Martinborough terraces. The quality of the reds is very impressive given the youth of the vines. Hand picked grapes are completely de-stemmed and the artisanal nature of the winemaking includes open fermenters, a pre-fermentation maceration, around 3 weeks in total on skins and ageing in French oak (50% or more new). Most striking is the quality of tannins. Of the very good Pinot Noirs, an estate version surpasses Marion’s Vineyard (which comes from different clones), showing more density, class and a cooler fruit spectrum. A third, Block B comes from Dijon Clones. Other reds include a Bordeaux-styled blend Con Brio, which is very berryish and succulent with a cool streak. There are also tiny amounts of a deep, concentrated Syrah with super fruit, almost like a cross between Wairarapa and the northern Rhône. A perfumed, ripe-fruited white, Tribianco, is an unusual blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Müller-Thurgau. A sweet white, Dolce, is also made from the latter variety. A stonefruit and tropical Sauvignon Blanc is also made as well as a rosé Pinot Noir.
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