- COMMENDED (2013) Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
About the wine maker
Te Kairanga is one of the oldest and best positioned vineyards in Martinborough. Its vineyards are located on free draining land once owned by the founding father of Martinborough, John Martin, in the late 1800s.
John Martin laid out the first streets of Martinborough in the pattern of the Union Flag naming them after places he had visited: as a result the best streets to take to reach the Te Kairanga vineyards from the town square include Oxford, Cork, Regent and New York.
Te Kairanga was recently purchased by the American billionaire and renowned oenophile Bill Foley his ambition is to produce the greatest Pinot Noir in the new world here. He immediately recruited the legendary John Kavanagh as Head Winemaker. John is quite simply one of the best Pinot Noir winemakers in the New World and has previously worked at such prestigious estates as Alana, Palliser and most recently Neudorf.
Amongst other Pinot Noir clones, Te Kairanga uses the Abel clone, which is often referred to as The Gumboot or Ata Rangi clone. Allegedly, the first cutting was ‘taken’ by a traveller, possibly a former All Black rugby player, while visiting Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Burgundy; it was then smuggled into New Zealand inside a gumboot.