2010 was an exceptional year for Martinborough pinot noirs

By Michael Cooper In Wine

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18th February, 2012
How good are Martinborough’s 2010 pinot noirs, now filtering onto the shelves? Right from the start, producers in the Wairarapa’s most famous wine district gave the vintage the thumbs-up. The season got off to a slow start as cool spring and summer temperatures slowed ripening, but March was the sunniest on record and, Nga Waka reported, “mid-March to late April brought a seemingly endless procession of fine, warm autumn days”. Larry McKenna, now part-owner of Escarpment Vineyard, won international recognition for his pinot noirs at Martinborough Vineyard between 1986 and 1999. ...

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