The 2020 vintage will be remembered for many things, including a harvest of several parts for Martinborough winemaker John Douglas, whose Te Hera brand will include a saignée rosé for the first time this year. His vineyard on Te Muna Road, 9 kilometres east of Martinborough township, was afflicted with extreme drought this year, as was the entire region. Quality is looking good but after no rain, there was a sudden deluge just as the Covid-19 lockdown came into place in New Zealand, forcing an earlier harvest than desirable for some of his Pinot grapes. These were harvested at 23 to 24 brix but he was not as happy with the ripeness levels as he is with the later part of the harvest, which is still underway. So, we will see the first Te Hera saignée rosé,
I’m a big fan of John’s Kiritea Te Muna Pinot Noir, which sells for what seems to be an outrageously good value price tag of about $23 to $24 at full retail.