Photo Credit: Faanati Mamea

Photo Credit: Faanati Mamea

 
 
 

Reviews

Michael Cooper Reviews

Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015
Review Date - May-2017

FIVE STARS - North and South, May issue 2017

Priced right, this stylish Martinborough red was estate grown, barrel aged and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Already drinking well, it is highly fragrant, mouth-filling and supple, with concentrated ripe plum-spice flavours, fresh acidity and a lasting finish. 

Raymond Chan Reviews

Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015
Review Date - 03-Feb-2017

FOUR STARS 17.5/20

Moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim with a little purple. The nose is fresh and full with a good core of dark-red berry fruit with a layer of dark herbs, unfolding notes of red florals and complexing earth elements. The aromatics build in depth with aeration revealing some nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has good depth and presence of savoury dark-red berry fruits entwined with dark herbs, soft earthy notes and red florals, along with nutty oak. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with supple tannin extraction in support, and balanced, fresh, lacy acidity. The wine has positive linearity carried by the acidity, leading to lingering finish. This is a fresh, red berry fruited Pinot Noir with savoury earth, herb and nutty notes, supple tannins and a palate carried by the acidity. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the ‘Ma Maison’ vineyard, 8 clones employed, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9-10 months in seasoned oak. 8,097 bottles made. 


Ma Maison Martinborough Chardonnay 2015
Review Date - 03-Feb-2017

FOUR STARS 17.5/20

Bright, light golden colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full with good depth and density of ripe, savoury yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits and mealy elements, along with subtle nutty, leesy notes, the oaking discrete and balanced. Medium-bodied, the palate has a core of savoury yellow stonefruits with a layering of citrus fruit, and mealy and nutty elements. The mouthfeel is fresh and crisp with lacy acidity, and the wine flows along a soft, textural line with good depth and presence.. The wine carries to a gently full and lingering finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is a savoury yellow stonefruited Chardonnay with good depth and presence and a fresh, underlying mouthfeel. Match with poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Ma Maison’ and a neighbouring block, WBP and barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees in seasoned French oak barriques, with no MLF. 1,366 bottles made.


Ma Maison ‘Cuvee Two Richards’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014
Review Date - 03-Feb-2017

FIVE STARS 18.5/20

Even garnet-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The bouquet is very elegant and refined with fragrant red fruits along with spices and spicy oak, red florals and liquorice notes. A subtle lift adds to the aromatics, the and nose shows a fine core with fruit freshness and vibrancy. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and lively aromatic red berry fruit flavours entwined with red florals, liquorice, and a layering of spicy oak. The mouthfeel has good vitality and energy with fine-grained background tannin structure and fresh, balanced acidity. The possesses linearity and drive, and carries to a sustained finish of red fruits and spices. This is a vibrant Pinot Noir with soft red berry fruit and floral flavours, spicy oak and fine structure. Match with pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 6+ years. A barrel selection wine. An equal blend of clones 667, 777 and Abel from the ‘Ma Maison’ vineyard fully destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 9-10 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 822 bottles made.

Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 17.5+/20


Even ruby-red colour with garnet hues on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned and finely presented with aromas of savoury red berry fruits along with lifted notes of red florals, herbs and earth, unfolding spice and cedary oak nuances. The aromatics are complex and harmoniously interwoven. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a finely concentrated core and line with rich, succulent, savoury red fruits harmoniously melded with subtle notes of herbs, earth, spice and cedar. The mouth-feel is smooth-flowing with fine-grained underlying tannins and integrated acidity lending gentle energy and drive, The wine has sweetness and richness which carries to a long, lingering, harmonious, savoury finish. This is an elegant, harmonious, savoury layered Pinot Noir with a complex amalgam of red fruits, herbs, earth, spices and cedar on a smooth, fine-grained palate. Match with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 4+ years. Clones 777, 113, 114, 115, Abel, 10/5 and small amounts of 667 and Mariafeld, fully de-stemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged nine months in predominantly seasoned oak, with a low proportion of new, bottled un-fined and unfiltered.
— Raymond Chan, 12 September,2016
 

Reviews

 
 
Estate-grown at Martinborough, barrel-matured, and bottled without fining or filtering, the 2014 vintage is already drinking well, but also well worth cellaring. Full ruby, it is mouth-filling, sweet-fruited, savoury and generous, with fine-grained tannins and strong, very ripe plum, cherry, spice and nut flavours, showing good complexity.

4.5 stars
— Michael Cooper, September 2016
 

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Reviews

 
 
Silky and finely textured, this is a refined Pinot Noir with soft tannins and a very satisfying mouthfeel, testament to the purity of fruit and minimal handling, bringing the drinker closer to the vineyard itself. An excellent release - perhaps their finest yet. Enjoy between now and 2022.
— Fine Wine Delivery Company, June 2016

Estate-grown at Martinborough, barrel-matured, and bottled without fining or filtering, the 2014 vintage is already drinking well, but also well worth cellaring. Full ruby, it is mouth-filling, sweet-fruited, savoury and generous, with fine-grained tannins and strong, very ripe plum, cherry, spice and nut flavours, showing good complexity.
— Michael Cooper, Leading NZ wine writer, March 2016

 
 
How on earth winemaker Wendy Potts manages to inject layers of creme caramel, roast nectarine, cinnamon and juicy, grilled grapefruit into this wine, I’ll never know. She’ll tell you it’s all in the fruit, whereas I think there’s also some serious talent going on in the winery. Buttered crumpet and almond notes on the palate.
— Yvonne Lorkin, Canvas Magazine, NZ Herald March 2016