Map Maker 2014 and Staete Landt 2014, 2013 and 2011 Releases

18-May-2015
Ruud Maasdam and Dorien Vermaas manage their 21 ha of vines in the Rapaura district with great detail to ensure that each variety is matched to the soil variations within their vineyard to maximise site expression. They make the fruit-expressive ‘Map Maker’ range and the terroir-driven ‘Staete Landt bottlings from the highest quality fruit possible. The ‘Map Maker’ wines are named in reference to Abel Tasman the first person to map New Zealand’s coastline during his exploration voyage in 1642. Ruud and Dorien have named the ‘Staete Landt’ wines after family members. Ruud wryly notes that he’s run out of family to name his wines after so has introduced a theme with ‘State Of…’ for these wines, this also being a play on the pronunciation of ‘Staete’. Here, I review the new 2014 vintage ‘Map Maker’ releases, and 2014, 2013 and 2011 releases of ‘Staete Landt’. www.staetelandt.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Map Maker Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Map Maker Marlborough Chardonnay ‘Pure’ 2014
  • Map Maker Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Staete Landt ‘Annabel’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Staete Landt ‘State of Bliss’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
  • Staete Landt ‘Arie’ Marlborough Syrah 2011

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