Russian Jack Pinot Noir 2016, Martinborough, NZD $25
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Dashwood Pinot Noir 2017, Marlborough, NZD $19.99
A few days after the earthquake struck I visited Marlborough to run a wine course.
I’ve always been a big fan of Martinborough Vineyards wines and their thoughtful and highly skilled winemaker, Paul Mason. For some years I’ve felt that Martinborough Vineyards were flying a little under the radar. They consistently made good and often great wines but somehow dodged the limelight.
Alastair Maling MW will shortly leave Villa Maria, where he has been chief winemaker for 12½ years to head the winemaking and viticulture team at Foley Family Wines.
Foley Family wines is owned by American billionaire Bill Foley. It must be the fastest growing wine group in the country after buying the Marlborough brands Grove Mill, Vavasour, Clifford Bay, Goldwater and Dashwood and the Martinborough wineries Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyards in reasonably quick succession.