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New Zealand

Located on the North Island of New Zealand is a town known around the world for its great wine. What makes this region so special? How does the wine taste? I am about to find out!

Martinborough is a quaint wine village town in South Wairarapa, a district in the Wellington region. With only 1300 full-time inhabitants, this town sits 65 kilometers east of Wellington and 35 kilometers south-west of Masterton.

Martinborough began in the 19th century largely as a rural service town for nearby farms. It was during this period that early settler/farmer John Martin planned out the town. When laying out the city, he chose to name the streets after cities and towns he had visited on a world trip.

Today, Martinborough is known for its colonial architecture. A great example of which is the historic Peppers Martinborough Hotel, built in 1882. More importantly to us wine lovers, Martinborough hosts a large number of vineyards producing wines, notably Pinot Noir. Its warm micro-climate blends with the hills to the east and west creating an picturesque environment for making wine.

Murdoch James's first vineyard was on New York Street!

How do the wines of this town taste?

To begin my journey in wines from Martinborough, I am pleased to announce that the following selections have arrived directly from New Zealand for my review from Murdoch James Estate:

Murdoch James Martinborough Saleyards Syrah 2006
Murdoch James Martinborough Fraser Pinot Noir 2006
Murdoch James Martinborough Blue Rock Pinot Noir 2007
Murdoch James Martinborough Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2008
Murdoch James Martinborough Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Murdoch James Martinborough Blue Rock Riesling 2008

Will these wines stand up to the Sonoma samples I am already accustomed to imbibing?

Over the next couple of weeks, I'll get to taste and report how well these wines perform. You'll want to check back for my winery and wine reviews of these selections!

Also, very special thank you to Roger and the folks from Murdoch James Estate for their kindness, support, and willingness to share a glass of their wine for the rest of the world to enjoy.

(Read more wine reviews and info at The Wine Whore)
Photo of courtesy of Murdoch James Estate

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jFLASHj said...

I have never really been a big fan of Wines from New Zealand or Australia. A wine expert tells me that you really have to taste or drink them with the local cuisine. That it makes a big difference. Guess I better save my pennies then. Not sure if I will ever get there.


Chris Champion said...

What exactly is the "local cuisine" of Australia and New Zealand? It seems a dubious reason not to be a fan of their wine.

martinborough said...

I hope you had a chance to taste some of our local olive oil when you were here in Martinborough. It's been winning awards all around the world!

I'm an expat American who ended up on a small farm with an olive grove in Martinborough, and I think it's paradise here.

The Wine Whore said...

I have not had the chance to try the olive oil from Martinborough... I had no idea it was so good. If it is as good as the wine from this region, I think I would be in for a treat!


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