The pursuit of perfect pinot noir is what drives the team behind the iconic Martinborough Vineyard
Established in 1980, Martinborough Vineyard is a pioneering Martinborough wine producer with a commitment to the perfection of pinot noir. The first winery to plant pinot noir grapes in the region, Martinbourough Vineyard is now home to the oldest vines in the district. Artisan winemaking techniques along with dedication to land preservation, and the sharing a legacy of wine knowledge with future generations has earned Martinborough Vineyard a continuous reputation for excellence.
“We are on the endless pursuit to make great wines, led by pinot noir and chardonnay", says Paul Mason, Chief Winemaker of Martinborough Vineyard and part of the team since 2004. "It’s a never-ending journey – one that teases us each year but also rewards when we know we have done well. Marlborough is a special place to grow and make wine and it’s our vision to show this through our wines."
Alastair Maling MW recently joined the team at Martinborough Vineyard, and says the winery is devoted to preserving their 40 year old rooted pinot noir vines. "They help deliver considerable texture and depth to the wine", he explains. Another important factor in making great pinot noir is getting the clonal mix just right. "A unique aspect of Martinborough pinot is the use of the "Abel" clone. Many of the top end pinot noir’s from Martinborough use a high percentage of the Abel clone, and this delivers the characteristics the region is most famous for. This is a story the region can gain a notable point of difference on and one that is exciting to be part of.”
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