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Vynfields - Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 October,2010
 
The heart of Vynfields is the 5.3 hectare organic and biodynamic vineyard situated on Omarere Road in the Martinborough Terraces sub region of Martinborough. In 1998, Kaye McAulay and John Bell purchased the vineyard planted in 1991 to make world-class wine.
 
The vineyard is fully certified organic to Bio-Gro N.Z. standards (BioGro N.Z. No. 4622), and biodynamic to Demeter certification, and is planted primarily in Pinot Noir, supported by Riesling and a few rows of the mysterious ‘Mad Red' variety. Most of the viticultural work is performed by hand, as is the winemaking. The wines are made by Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling of Schubert winery.
 
The Vynfields two-storey villa is a landmark in Martinborough. Originally the historic Maranui homestead in Lyall Bay, Wellington, Kaye and John transported the building over the Rimutaka Hills in five pieces to have it fully restored on site. The homestead is featured on the Vynfields label. Kaye and John also offer very popular self-contained vineyard accommodation, being only a few minutes from the Martinborough Village Square.

At the end of February 2014,John and Kaye sold Vynfields to Harry and Zinder Guo, and their syndicate of family and friends, who will take over from May.  John and Kaye will remain on board for 6 months over the transitional period.
 
The Vynfields wines have won numerous national and international awards and can be placed among the top flight of Martinborough. www.vynfields.com
 
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FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Vynfields Martinborough Pinot Rosé 2015

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17/20

Bright salmon-peach pink colour with some depth, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is gently full and voluminous with aromas of savoury red cherry, strawberry and quince fruit along with nuances of oranges. This has good depth and retains a degree of freshness, as well as showing some savoury secondary development notes. The nose unfolds red florals with aeration. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and lively, vibrant fruit flavours of strawberries, cherries and quince, forming a palate with good heart and presence. The mouthfeel is slippery with fresh acidity, but is softening from bottle-development. Some underlying alcoholic power carries the wine to a light, nuanced finish. This is a rich and lively, vibrant fruited medium-dry rosé with developing strawberry, cherry and quince flavours on a palate with good presence, drive and slippery acidity. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2 years, Pinot Noir fruit given 3 hours skin contact and sent direct to press, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 9.5 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. 17.0/20 Oct 2018 RRP $29.00

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Vynfields Martinborough Pinot Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16.5+/20

Bright, pale peach-pink colour with a little depth, very light on the rim. The nose is light with softly fresh aromas of quince and strawberry fruit along with subtle, savoury red floral elements, forming a fine, elegant core with mouthwatering mineral nuances. A little savoury-fruited bottle-development shows. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is light-flavoured with strawberry and quince fruit with savoury floral notes forming a moderately concentrated core with some richness. The fruit is underlined by a little alcoholic power. The textures are fine and the acidity is soft and balanced, carrying the wine to a light finish. This is a light-fruited medium-dry rosé with strawberry and quince with savoury development nuances forming a core with some richness and alcoholic power. Serve with antipasto, tapas, poultry and pork over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit given 3 hours skin contact and sent direct to press, fermented in tank to 14.0% alc. and 9.5 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. 16.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $29.00

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Vynfields ‘Mad Rooster’ Martinborough 2015

Other Red from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5/20

Dark ruby-red colour, lighter on the edge with slight purple hues. The nose is light and softly concentrated with aromas of dark-red and black berry fruits along with plum notes and confected jam ntes, entwined with savoury herb and earth elements, building in density with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has moderately rich and well-packed flavours of dark-red and black berry fruits, plums and jam, with herb and earthy detail. The palate has a soft density with light, grainy tannin structure providing good grip and mouthfeel. The wine has some presence and drive carrying to a long dark plum-fruited finish. This is a moderately packed and concentrated red with dark-red and black berried fruit with plum, jam, earth and herb notes on a palate with good mouthfeel and presence. Match with barbecued and roasted game meat dishes over the next 4 years. ‘Mad Red’ fruit fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in seasoned oak. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $36.00

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Vynfields Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18-/20
Dark, moderately deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full nose with a complex array of aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with an amalgam of savoury herbs, earth and red florals. Full-bodied, the palate has well-concentrated and taut flavours of ripe dark-red berry fruit with hints of plums, and a subtle underlay of savoury dark herbs. The palate has supple, positive tannin extraction and integrated acidity, and is driven by some underlying alcoholic power which adds to the fruit sweetness. The flavours flow with good linearity leading to a long, lingering finish of dark berryfruit, with spices and red florals. This is a powerfully driven, well-concentrated Pinot Noir with flavours of ripe cherries, berries and plums, with savoury herb and earth notes, and a lingering finish. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 5-6 years. Made from clone 5 and 115 fruit from rows dedicated to the ‘Estate’ wine, cropped at 33 hl/ha, fully destemmed and fermented to 15.0% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 12 months in 40% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 490 dozen made. 18.0-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $45.00

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Vynfields Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5/20

Dark ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with lifted aromas of dark-red berry fruit along with an amalgam of red florals, fresh and dark herbs and some savoury earthy notes. The aromatics possess an ethereal nature with lift and fragrance. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated core of soft-red berry fruits with notes of red florals, a little savoury earth and herbal detail. The palate flows smoothly with fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, with balanced acidity, and carries with good energy and a little alcoholic drive to a long, savoury, aromatic finish. This is an elegantly proportioned, smooth flowing Pinot Noir with ethereal berry fruit flavours and some herb and earth notes on a supple, balanced palate with a little alcohol drive. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Made from clone 5 and 115 fruit fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 45% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $45.00

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Vynfields ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18/20
Dark, deepish ruby-red with some garnet hues, lighter on edge. This has a softly concentrated bouquet with well-packed aromas of dark red berry fruits, liquorice and spices, along with subtle, complexing dark and dried herb, and oak elements. Ethereal red floral fragrances emerge in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate features an ethereal array of dark red berry fruits and florals harmoniously intermixed with dark herbs, earth and minerally notes, along with oak spices. This has a firm and well-concentrated core of fine-grained tannins driven by some alcohol power. The extraction and the fruit concentration are well-balanced with discreet acidity, and lead to a long, elegantly proportioned finish of spicy fruits, herbs and earth. This is an elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with dark berry and herb flavours along with an ethereal lift. Match with coq au vin, casseroles and hard cheeses over the next 5-7 years. Made from fruit from rows dedicated to the ‘Reserve’ wine, cropped at 27 hl/ha, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.1% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 12 months in 25% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 200 dozen made. 18.0/20 Sep 2014 RRP $79.00

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Vynfields Martinborough ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18.5/20
Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with black-purple hues, a little lighter edged. The nose is softly voluminous with good depth and a rounded, concentrated core of ripe, dark-red berry fruit along with notes of dark plums and an underlay of savoury dark herbs and earthy nuances, unfolding red floral and nutty oak notes. Full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich, ripe fruit flavours of black and dark-red berry fruit with plum notes, harmoniously entwined with subtle savoury herb and earth elements, and spicy, nutty oak. This has considerable alcoholic power, which is integrated with the fruit richness and fine-grained, well-extracted structure. The flavours carry to a long and sustained sweet-fruited finish of ripe black fruits. This is a rich, ripe, sweet black berried and plum fruited Pinot Noir with subtle savoury complexities on a powerful, but integrated palate, and a very long finish. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-8 years. Made from fruit from rows dedicated to the ‘Reserve’ wine, cropped at 27 hl/ha, fully destemmed and fermented to 15.0% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 12 months in 85% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 170 dozen made. 18.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $79.00

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