Just a quick post today for anyone who has some of our 2004 'Blue Rock' Pinot Noir in the cellar. We tasted one recently from our library stocks, and the view was that if you still have any we would recommend enjoying it now. While the wine will not 'fall over' tomorrow it is just past it's best, so sensible to enjoy it soon. It is from a cooler vintage where the wines did not reach the depth and concentration we usually achieve at Blue Rock.
The colour is a pale garnet, and shows signs of reaching maturity. As lovers of this wine will recall, it is made solely from the Abel clone of Pinot Noir, which constituted much of Martinborough's original plantings. This is a clone with lovely floral notes in the bouquet, and a rich pallate. This wine did not disappoint in that respect; it had hints of violets on the nose, with rich savoury elements and a hint of earthiness. The texture was smooth and silky after 5 years in bottle. Enough acidity remains to provide a good backbone to the remaining fruit (cherries and red berries). Enjoy now.
Roger - Murdoch James Estate
We are a family owned vineyard in Martinborough, regarded by many as New Zealand's finest Pinot Noir region.
My wife Jill manages the business, I am responsible for sales and exports, and our son Carl makes the wines. We have a great vineyard and office team; Nicola - Carl's partner looks after marketing and sales, Lynn - office' Wonder Woman' looks after all our administration, while Cliff, Dan, Chris and Steve keep our vineyard looking the best in town!
It is a fun place to work, and the wines are pretty good too!