This website will tell you a little about Te Muna Valley™ Wines, the restaurants in which you can drink Te Muna Valley™ Wines, stockists where you can buy Te Muna Valley™ Wines
– or you can order from us.
Our website is also a journal, about our life on the vineyard, and the people involved in growing our grapes, making and selling our wine, and most importantly, drinking our wine.
Simon Groves, former co-owner of the then Martinborough Wine Centre, has been making our wines since 2013. Simon is making three styles of Pinot Noir, three styles of Pinot Gris including what he describes as “Martinborough meets Northern Italy” which is bone dry, a sort of pinot grigio type of pinot gris. He’s also making a late autumn harvest pinot gris, and our regular dry-but-fruit pinot gris.
For the first time in 2013 we’ve made a Rose, with Syrah and Pinot Noir, so it’s not lolly water. And we also make Chardonnay, Methode Traditionelle, Syrah and Viognier.
Before 2013 (when we built our own winery on our vineyard) the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris were made by Jane Cooper at Matahiwi, and here are extracts from her tasting notes for James Pinot Noir 2006, and James Pinot Gris 2008:
Pinot Noir 2006: “Opens out on the nose. Red, dense fruits – plum, cherry, clove – savoury aspect also. Slightly charry oak. Toasty, a little licorice. Long fruit palate with dusty tannin on the finish. Leather and spice.”
Pinot Gris 2008: “Ripe and melon pears, stonefruit with a slight rose petal character. Mineral note as well as a slight sweet toffee note (I think this comes from the time on lees and also the barrel component). Intense guava and persimmon. Nice oily texture mid-palate.”
This website also serves as a journal celebrating the joys of escaping from city life and living our dream in the beautiful Te Muna Valley, just out of Martinborough. To wake each morning in such a splendid environment, albeit sometimes harsh, and spend the day with our animals and vines, is indeed a treat.
We hope you will agree.
Colin Carruthers and Deborah Coddington
Photos by Andrew Gorrie, article by Keri Welham, courtesy Dominion Post