Kai and Marion Schubert established their winery in the beautiful Martinborough region, having travelled the world in search of the best sites to plant Pinot Noir. After working with Germany's Dr. Loosen in Bernkastel, their travels took them to Oregon, California, Europe and Australia, before they finally arrived in Martinborough. It was there that they found what they were looking for.
In 1998, Kai and Marion bought a small established vineyard as well as 40 hectares of bare land in East Taratahi, which they converted and planted over the following two years.
Their philosophy is to craft wines of uncompromising quality that would stand out alongside the finest in the world. 14 hectares of wines are closely planted in the traditional, European style and the unique climate encourages low yields. As a result the Schuberts have been quick to capture the attention of connoisseurs and critics alike for their alluring, internationally award winning wines of outstanding character, complexity, balance and grace.
A wet and cold September resulted in a late start to the season. One of the hottest Februarys on record and low rainfall during March allowed for perfect ripening conditions.
Marion’s Vineyard is a selection of predominantly two Pinot Noir clones; the Pommard and the Abel clone. Hand-picked and careful selection of grapes.100% de-stemmed, cold-maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats and left on “skins” for 3 weeks. Aged in 35% new and 65% used French oak barriques for 18 months.
Luscious, deep-fruit aromas of red cherries and raspberries rise from the glass, and the palate is crisply layered and mouth filling, with fine tannins. Ripe red fruit obtains complexity from hints of spicy characters, tea leaf and earth. The texture has sophistication and elegance, being sumptuous and refreshing at the same time.
In 1998, Geisenheim graduates Kai Schubert and marion Deimling said goodbye to Germany and hello to New Zealand, buying a piece of land in Gladstone. While Schubert Wines' cellar door is in the heart of Martinborough, it only has 2 hectares under vine here while the majority of its plantings are situated on Dakins Road, Gladstone. This organic producer specialises in succulent yet fresh Pinot Noir, producing three cuvees including Marion's Vineyard and Block B, whose 2008 vintage won the International Pinot Noir trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2010. Having purchased the Martinborough home block off an Italian 'whoe planted everything but Pinot Noir', you can still find an array of varieties here; Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and even some Muller-Thurgau. "Pinot Noir was my favourite variety but La Tâche was not for sale and no one from Musigny called me. It was pretty clear that to get started in wine we would have to go to the New World. We went to all of the wine regions in New Zealand but we always came back to Martinborough - we fell in love with the place." Kai Schubert, Schubert Wines
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Pretty perfume of rose water, rose petals, red cherry, white pepper and clove-cinnamon notes. Red cherry fruitiness to taste, quite pippy and squeaky, firm with twiggy tannins and mouthwatering acidity. Structured, rich, distinct style, with longevity in mind. Serious stuff.
This has a very pure, natural feel with an array of ripe, spicy red cherries and berries, as well as a sappy, undergrowth thread. The palate is beautifully rendered on long, earthy tannins and a juicy, deep-set finish.
Moderately dark, deep ruby-red colour, lighter with some garnet hues. The nose is full and gently voluminous with a well-packed core of ripe, dark-red berry fruit harmoniously melded with subtle notes of dark and dried herbs, and dark-red florals, along with a little savoury, earthy complexity. This is beautifully integrated in presentation and shows a positive, deep core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with a rounded and deep heart of sweetly rich and ripe dark-red berry fruits harmoniously interwoven with dark and dried herbs, red florals and a little earth. The fruit is bright, lively and vibrant, and enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity and underlined by supple, fine-grained tannin extraction. The palate has a positive line with excellent energy and drive, and carries to a sweetly rich, red-fruited and floral nuanced finish. This is a rich and sweet-fruited dark-red berried Pinot Noir with a positive heart, liveliness, supple structure and excellent energy. 19 / 20 Points.