Cambridge Road Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough, New Zealand


This is a wine I like a lot. It’s from a small 5.5 acre (3 hectare) vineyard on the Martinborough terrace originally planted in 1986, and previously known as the Fraser block. It’s managed biodynamically, and in addition to the Pinots made here, there’s also a lovely Syrah and a delicious Syrah/Pinot Noir blend called the Dovetail.

This is 15% whole bunch, 25% new oak (all French, of course), and it’s made from five different clones.

Cambridge Road Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough, New Zealand
13% alcohol. Aromatic, sweetly fruited nose of black cherry, blackberries and plums and spice. The palate has good concentration but also elegance, with fresh black cherry fruit and nice purity, underpinned by spicy structure. Good density here, with a taut, backward character as well as the sweet fruit, all held in nice tension. I reckon this will develop very nicely. 94/100

UK agent is Les Caves de Pyrene

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