Schubert Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 is typical of Schubert’s wines which are always truly elegant and complex. This vintage displays an refined, berry and bramble fruit nose; at the same time it is smoky with classic hints of the “forest floor.” This is followed by complex layers of raspberry, blackcurrant and cherry fruit with hints of spice coupled with terrific finesse. Beautifully poised and well structured Pinot Noir with brilliant length, silky and smooth on the finish. Aged in French oak barriques for 16 – 18 months.
Kai and his partner Marion Delmling met at Guisenheim University whilst studying viticulture and oenology in Germany and travelled the world sometimes together, sometimes separately, with the idea of finding a vineyard to produce their own pinot noir. Travelling as widely as Oregon and California to many parts of Europe, until eventually they came to Martinborough in North Island, or Wairarapa as it is known in New Zealand. They fell in love with the place and the Pinot Noir’s produced there. In 1998 they acquired an established 3 hectare vineyard plus a further 40 hectares and planted mainly Pinot Noir.
Martinborough has a cool climate with a big diurnal variation in the growing season and a long, dry autumn. The climate and soils are perfect for Pinot Noir, and the vines produce naturally low yield of small berries with thick skins, all of which enhances the powerful and nuanced flavours of their wines. They also practice organic vineyard management. Marion is the winemaker and Kai focuses on marketing their wines in 40 different countries. Kai jokes that with a population in New Zealand of only 4 million people, they need to export; they successfully export some 85% of their production.
Year on year they win awards and accolades for their wonderful Pinot Noir’s. This wine is made from two Pinot Noir clones; the Pommard clone and so-called Abel clone which is rumoured to have been taken from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s vineyards and is exclusive to New Zealand. If you are a Pinot Noir fan, you should discover Schubert’s Pinot Noirs and Marion’s Vineyard is a good starting place.
“Quite a concentrated pinot noir with cherry, black-fleshed plum, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. A powerful wine with weight and richness which introduces a little warmth on the finish.” 93 points Bob Campbell MW New Zealand. Drink 2016 – 2024
“This has an attractive purity, unfolding subtle notes of fresh herbs and savoury dried herbs and game from the deep core. The aromatics are very Wairarapa with the savouriness, but beautifully melded and harmonious in presentation. The mouthfeel is vibrant and alive with freshness and vitality, revealing cedary and spicy oak layers that intermix beautifully with the savoury fruit, game, earth and lifted florals. Very fine grained structure and soft acidity support the flavours and carry the wine to a long and complete finish.” 19/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews New Zealand.