A relatively new label, the foundations of Luna Estate are two excellent vineyard sites – Eclipse, on the famed Martinborough Terraces, and Blue Rock, on Dry River Road, south of the Martinborough village. Martinborough is a region which excites us as New Zealand’s best for complex and varietal Pinot Noir, also raising excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Luna’s ethos is sustainable vineyard practices, and as minimal handling in the winery as possible, under the guidance of chief winemaker Joel Watson, whose previous work has included several vintages with the highly esteemed Curly Flat in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.
Hand picked fruit from both vineyards comprises the Estate Pinot Noir. Most fruit is destemmed, and 10% new French oak rounds out the blend. With a RRP at $30, it’s a rarity for this provenance and quality, An array of Pinot fruit flavours with complexing spice sits over earth and undergrowth, a lovely introduction to Pinot from this amazing part of the world.
Fine, lithe, spice and perfumed regional Pinot Noir here. Cool red fruits, a subtle fern-like character, bright cranberry acidity, distinct mineral feel, light rasp of tannin, and a long clean finish. Raspberry freshness. So charming and easy to enjoy. Should age some, but so good now. Tasted: July 19; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $30; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2024; Rated: 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Soft, subtle and delicately aromatic pinot noir in an elegant, supple style with red cherry, raspberry, red rose and a suggestion of fresh herb flavours. An accessible wine with personality and appealing purity. Date Tasted: June 2019; Rating: 92 Points; Bob Campbell MW; The Real Review
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