Reviewed by Rachel Osbourne
te Pa is a premium wine producer from New Zealand, who are launching their wines in the UK for the first time. They are produced at the Creighton Estate in the Waihopai Valley and the te Pa estate is the oldest known settlement in New Zealand, which has been in the MacDonald family for over 800 years. The first vines were planted in 2003, and the estate now has 150 hectares of vines.
The te Pa vineyard currently produces four varieties; the award winning 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Rose, 2011 Pinot Noir, and 2013 Pinot Gris.
I selected the 2011 Pinot Noir. I found the wine to be very fruity, with a wonderful, quite ‘berryish’ flavour. It was full flavoured but not in a heavy way, and had no strong aftertaste as you can find with some cheaper wines. I found it benefitted from being allowed to come to room temperature before drinking, and to be allowed to breathe, as the flavours improved after the bottle had been opened a while.
I would say that it would make the perfect accompaniment to a lighter meal, or just to be enjoyed on its own, and I would definitely recommend it to others.
The recommended retail price is £10.99, I believe this is a fair price, and I would happily pay this.
te Pa wines are currently available from The Wine Society.
More information can be found at www.tepawines.com.