Porters – Current & Cellar Release Wines

Maintenance of the vineyards is very much a hands-on operation and organic principles and practices have been adopted wherever possible. Vine prunings are either burnt or mulched back into the soil, pips and skins from the pressings are composted and used as mulch and use of sprays kept to the bare minimum. Even our packaging is designed to be used as a permanent cellar boxes or recycled.

Yields are low by design with emphasis on producing grapes of the best quality. Our winemaking methods are gentle and minimalist, resulting in wines which truly reflect the terroir and vintage conditions. Great wine, after all, is made in the vineyard.

We are proud members of Sustainable Winegrowers of New Zealand.

Martinborough Cuvée Madeleleine 2015

2015 was a warm year with a dry and cool autumn providing ripe, clean berries. The grapes were picked at just over 21 brix and in ideal condition. They were whole bunch pressed and the resultant juice was fermented over several weeks to dryness.

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Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

More perfumed and dramatic than our Estate bottling, with glorious rich red fruit, full ripe palate and tannins that are more melded. At this stage, the floral spice notes on the nose and complex tannins with a judicious touch of acid are indicative of decent cellaring potential

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Pinot Noir 2016

Nicely floral with perfumed elegance displaying violet petals and ethereal notes. More of a Burgundian style, with earthy and forest characters, the palate structure is silky and harmonious and rolls gently over the tongue giving way to sinewy tannins and a well-structured finish. This wine has poise and grace often missing in a crowded market dominated by overt red fruits, alcohol and forced tannins.

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Pinot Gris 2016

The Pinot Gris vines on our 1.6ha House Block reside on stony loam based soils and as they have matured and are more self -sustaining, irrigation has slowly been reduced. Despite only receiving half the expected average rainfall, the 2016 growing season could well be described as Martinborough typical.

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The 2019 harvest… a small note

September 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Once every 10 years or so, we experience a late spring frost but in November 2018 we had quite a severe one. Some vineyards lost 100% of their crop and our sympathies go to them [...]