Te Rehua Pinot Noir


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This vineyard has a very clear style expression evolving from a traditional planting approach. Geoff Bunny sourced as many clones of Pinot Noir that were available in 1992 and planted them at random on the 1.1ha site. Diversity in planting material is an important part of Terroir, producing more complexity and an array of dark red fruit flavours. Now owned by Tim & Ruth Barton, the site is well sheltered and on the edge of the escarpment formed by the Huangarua River.

The alluvial loams are typical of Martinborough and help to give unique qualities when combined with ideal summer and autumn weather patterns, creating complex long-lived wines. An ideal accompaniment to any gamey red meat, duck, or New Zealand lamb.

CURRENT VINTAGE: 2020 Te Rehua Pinot Noir

This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from vines 28 years old. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for, and a blend of many clones grown in a very sheltered spot always rewards us with a classic example of New World Pinot Noir.

Hand harvested fruit was open top fermented using indigenous yeasts in a traditional wooden cuvee. It was hand plunged just once a day, with a total vat time of 20 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 16 months. Bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and texture. It has a unique site derived complexity and texture combined with black cherry/plum fruit flavours. The inclusion of stems gives the wine aromatic lift and the firm tannins are a hallmark of this block. It will continue to develop for up to 15 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.


Wine Analysis

2020 Te Rehua Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol 13.4%
  • Total Acid 4.8 g/L
  • pH 3.65
  • Residual sugar <1.0g/L
  • Total Dry extract 28.5 g/L
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

2019 Te Rehua Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2018 Te Rehua Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2017 Te Rehua Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2016 Te Rehua Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2015 Te Rehua Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2014 Te Rehua Pinot Noir Tasting Note


95 Points: 2019 Vintage -  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews | August 2021

95 Points: 2019 Vintage -  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit | August 2021


92 Points: 2019 Vintage - Jo Czerwinski | June 2021

7th (of 29): 2019 Vintage - The Real Review | March 2021


93+ Points: 2018 Vintage - The Wine Advocate | November 2020


92 Points: 2018 Vintage - Bob Campbell | February 2020

96 Points: 2017 Vintage - James Suckling | August 2019


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