Staete Landt and Map Maker – Single Vineyard Marlborough

15-Mar-2013

Ruud Maasdam and Dorien Vermaas meticulously operate an excellent single estate in the ‘Golden Triangle’ area of the Rapaura sub-district in Marlborough. It’s a matter of pride that each varietal is specifically matched to the specific soil types within the 24 ha vineyard. Picking and vinification is kept separate to enable the best options in blending and crafting of wines for the two labels they produce, the fruitier, more up-front and accessible ‘Map Maker’ wines, and the more complex and textured, ‘Old World’ inspired ‘Staete Landt’ bottlings. As discussed in a recent blog article, Dorien and Ruud see both tiers as being of equal quality, as the care and attention in the vineyard, and indeed the winemaking for them is identical. It is the stylistic pathways that are taken that result in the differences. (Click here to view the article.) They have a point; the market will pay a premium for wines of greater interest, complexity and longevity – or is it that the consumer will only pay up to a certain price point for wines that are easier to understand? The fact is that ‘Map Maker’ is priced lower than the ‘Staete Landt’ wines. The debate is a fun and interesting one. Whatever your viewpoint, the wines of both labels reflect the quality of the fruit from the excellent site. They are excellent. www.staetelandt.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Map Maker Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Map Maker Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
  • Map Maker Marlborough Chardonnay ‘Pure’ 2012
  • Staete Landt ‘Annabel’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Staete Landt Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
  • Staete Landt ‘Josephine’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2010
  • Staete Landt Marlborough Syrah 2009

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