Terravin Wines Marlborough
It was Mike Eaton who bought and established the Clayvin vineyard in1989 (see FROMM) and now he has repeated the trick with a new hillside estate purchased in 1998. All 9.5 ha, not all of it in production yet but planted mostly to Pinot Noir, are on free-draining soils and densely planted (in a New Zealand context) to a variety of different clones. The wines are made by the widely travelled Mike Weersing (ex-NEUDORF), who has a promising venture at Waikari in North Canterbury (PYRAMID VALLEY). A lot of effort goes into fruit selection with amazing results for such young vines – just 15 years old. The very reasonably priced Terravin bottling has real style and impressive texture, while the Eaton Family Vineyard is a step up with more weight and fruit intensity, easily absorbing a sizeable proportion of new oak ageing. More depth and complexity will come with greater vine age. Also made is a Sauvignon Blanc of reasonable structure and classic nettle, ripe gooseberry and red capsicum fruit.
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