• Vintage 2020 Just In & Looking Good

    2020 was simply perfect. With low rainfall and fabulous weather 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the best on record. In fact, according to Te Mata Estate CEO Nick Buck – this is the best in Te Mata’s history.

    Read the Technical Report from Te Mata’s Senior Winemaker Phil Brodie here

  • 2019 ‘Early, Easy & Exciting’

    2019 was a warm, dry, easy grape-growing season that has produced some of our most exciting results yet.

    Budbreak, flowering and veraison (colour change) were all early. December was warm, and January very warm, with 10 days around or just over 30 degrees.

    Good early soil moisture and warm temperatures created big grape canopies and great ripeness. Warm nights lead to very few dews or fogs, contributing to the luxury of this fairly relaxed harvest. Dry, settled weather enabled all blocks of grapes to be picked at ideal ripeness in a far more leisurely fashion than usual.

    Sauvignon blanc and chardonnay were picked between 14 and 22 March, well ripened and in superb condition. The young wines exhibit ripe stone fruit and citrus aromas and flavours and impressive palate weight.

    Soils continued to dry giving the vital stress conditions necessary to maximise colour, flavour and tannin concentration in the reds. These were picked almost every day from the 25 March until finishing on the 14 April. They already show excellent flavour, great colour and tannin.

    2019 is a very good vintage. We’re excited to get these out. Time will tell, but this could be one of our best.

    Download our full technical report from winemaker Peter Cowley here

  • Te Mata #liveatfive

    Each Friday during May 2020 we will be hosting InstagramLive tastings at 5pm. They will be held in different parts of the winery with winemakers and family members and start with the most releases. You can watch @temataestatewinery on Instagram or send questions ahead to events@temata.co.nz. All wines discussed are currently available online.

     

  • Two New Wines : Pinot Noir from Te Mata Estate – Just 20 Years in the Making

    First planted in 1999, Te Mata’s twenty-year pinot noir vision comes to fruition with the 1 July global release of Te Mata Estate Alma Pinot Noir.

    This ambitious multi-decade project reflects Te Mata Estate’s dedication to the highest standards of New Zealand fine wine. These are the first new Te Mata Estate wines released this century from the premium producer of New Zealand reds and capture Te Mata’s exacting standards of excellence, quality and finesse.

    This is pinot noir that speaks of its mature, low-cropped origins, a blend of four clones, grown on inland, elevated, river terraces, hand-harvested, with every step of production under the direct control of Te Mata Estate’s Philip Brodie.

    Midnight-dark with a deep crimson edge, Alma ’18 is a triumph of aromatic wild strawberry, black cherry, currants, marzipan, sage and sandalwood. The palate’s ripe, sustained, structure reveals a parade of spice and brooding, soft, dark, berry fruits and rich savoury tannins – set to unfurl with time. Cherry, black plum, cinnamon and smoke, all glide across a palate which is wonderfully deep-set.

    Finely-dressed for its debut, the premiere release of Alma ’18 is modern, majestic, and enchanting in its detail.

    The introduction of Alma ’18 is accompanied by Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir ’18.

    Alma Pinot Noir ’18 and Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir ’18 is strictly allocated across all markets and will be available in 750ml bottles. Alma Pinot Noir is priced at $59.90RRP and Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir ’18 at $29.90RRP.

    THE BATTLE OF ALMA
    Alma celebrates Dr James Thomson, a hero of the 1854 Battle of the Alma during the Crimean War and forefather to Te Mata Estate’s Buck family. Knowing the vanquished enemy soldiers had already contracted cholera, Dr Thomson volunteered to tend to their wounds, saving the lives of over four hundred, and sacrificing his own in the process. His act of selfless humanity remains worthy of the highest possible praise. It is commemorated by a monument in the Scottish Highlands near his home, and by the medal he was awarded for his valour. That medal appears on the label of Alma Pinot Noir.

     

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