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.

Estate Pinot Noir 2020

Pale and lightly hued. Elegant, perfumed spice, berries and oak notes. Complex aromas – not a simple one fruit trick pony, this wine has developed and developing characters. Warm entry on the palate, with typical Martinborough arresting tannins and a hint of acid. The oak and tannin interplay on the back palate suggest this wine is for special meals based on the hunting calendar.

Estate Rosé 2023

This is a pale Rosé, and has the floral, aromatic qualities I look for, namely soft strawberry and red fruit notes, a touch of pear and lime or lemon. The palate is fulsome without being weighty and the acid and sugar should be in complete balance. The key component of Rosé is freshness, and the bottle and your glass are the best places for this.

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

Kereru Pinot Noir 2018

The 2014 vintage was bountiful and slightly early. We had dropped a little fruit earlier in the season as there was significant load on the vines as we were mindful of getting an appropriate balance between ripeness and a quality crop.

Martinborough Cuvée Madeleine 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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April 23rd, 2020|Comments Off on VINTAGE 2020 HARVEST NOTES

We picked all our grapes this year despite Covid-19, and it’s a great vintage with exceptional small, intensely flavoured berries arriving at the winery in excellent condition. The House block, next to the house and [...]