Te Kairanga 2008 Pinot Noir

Posted on May 15, 2010

Te Kairanga Estate is one of the larger players in New Zealand's acclaimed Martinborough region, with several distinct vineyard sites: Martinborough Terraces Vineyard, Draper Vineyard, East Plain Vineyard, Angle Block Vineyard, McLeod Vineyard, Sutherland Vineyard, Springrock Vineyard, and Ruakokoputuna Vineyard. These different sites all have slightly different microclimates and soil compositions that allow viticulturists and winemakers at Te Kairanga to create the building blocks for their various wines.


Winery - Te Kairanga Estate

Location - Martinborough, New Zealand

Wine - Te Kairanga 2008 Pinot Noir

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir

Appellation - Martinborough

Alcohol - 13.0% v/v

Price -$20 NZD


Nose/Aroma - Cherries with a seasoning of oak.

Palate/Flavors - Cherries and violets upfront that lead into cedar oak and earthy flavors. Quite light bodied and the mid-palate is lacking a bit. 

Food Pairing - Lemon chicken with yoghurt sauce. 

Comments- This wine is a pretty good value; nothing particularly special about it, but it shows good varietal character. Having tasted through Te Kairanga's range of Pinot Noirs, I can tell you that this wine pails in comparison to the Runholder and John Martin Reserve.