Luna Estate / Martinborough, Nz

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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.

Presently with 25 hectares producing, a significant replanting program to bring 80% of production to Pinot Noir will eventually see the estate sitting around 44 hectares between the two sites. The single vineyard wines show the sites’ contrasts, with the entry point Estate wines rock solid examples.

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  • Luna Estate Pinot Noir 2019

    $ 31.00 incl. GST

    Hand picked fruit from both of the property’s vineyards comprises the Estate Pinot Noir.  Most fruit is destemmed, with the wine seeing 10% new French oak.  Made to over-deliver at its price point, it delivers an array of Pinot fruit flavours with complexing spice over earth and undergrowth, a lovely introduction to Pinot from this amazing part of the world.

    “Dark cherry, spice, dried roses, and a bitter chocolate/tamarind sort of savoury element. It’s medium-bodied, quite dense and dark and concentrated, again that bitter chocolate and dried herb theme lends complexity, along with white pepper tannin, and a spicy finish of good length. It’s a nice wine. Kind of meaty, but fresh, and leans more to an ‘adult’ flavour profile than many others at this price point.” 92 points, Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au

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  • Luna Estate Pinot Gris 2019

    $ 31.00 incl. GST

    From fruit grown in the Blue Rock vineyard, hand picked and fermented in stainless steel, with 30% aged in seasoned oak building texture.  Shows a generosity and the typical of Kiwi Pinot Gris with a fuller, more unctuous mouthfeel and impression of fruit sweetness and generosity, though only 1.5g/L of residual sugar.

    “Made from low-cropping vines thanks to frost and rain at flowering. Partly barrel fermented. Dry pinot gris with a nice sweet/sour tension and flavours suggesting poached pear, apple, and root ginger plus a suggestion of floral/honeysuckle.”  Gourmet Traveller magazine

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  • Luna Estate Eclipse Chardonnay 2019

    $ 43.00 incl. GST

    I do my best not to parallel things to Burgundy, but the first words blurted on tasting this were ‘Meursault-like.”  There you go.  Picked from mature vines, this Chardonnay spends 10 months in a mix of new and seasoned French oak, then an additional 8 months maturation in stainless steel on lees. Lightly filtered and unfined before bottling.

    Vibrant looking, pale gold with a fresh green shimmer. Smokey, stony mineral smelling. Fresh lemon and barley subtleties with citrus blossom… a deeper sniff and I am thinking about a breakfast grapefruit, all tangy and sugary. The lees derived element is worth a nod bringing curd and egg tart like undertones. There’s a level of intrigue packed into the bouquet here and it is nice to see some of it on show this early on.

    The palate is all elegance and poise upon entry. The feel is subtle power and precision with plenty of flavour packed into what at first seems like a delicate gossamer like frame. Lovely weight and distribution of flavour, very integrated already. A lovely lees derived texture keeps the flavours rolling on and on.In a great spot right now and will evolve beautifully over the next few years.

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  • Luna Estate Blue Rock Syrah 2016

    $ 55.00 incl. GST

    Shiraz made with Pinot sensibilities.  An under-rated grape from New Zealand which does amazing things in the right sites and hands.  As with both Pinots, this sees 30% new oak, for 12 months.

    Comparisons to Northern Rhône are inevitable – no bad thing.  Built over tightly knitted tannins, this is a savoury wine of grace and power, launching with earth, pepper, charcuterie/smoked meats, topped by blackberry and black fruits and florals.  Amazing length runs through the finish, this is a concentrated style with its fine tannins and a rocky mineral element rounding out this detailed wine.  Simply, a gorgeous cool climate Syrah.

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  • Luna Estate Eclipse Pinot Noir 2018

    $ 56.00 incl. GST

    The Eclipse vines sit on a silty clay/loam top soil, above deep alluvial gravels.  The grapes are fully destemmed, and the wine sees 15% new French oak.  A more tannic and black fruited expression of Pinot, almost Nebbiolo-esque, though this release sees more succulence running through its structure – looks fantastic. Screwcap closure this vintage.

    “Dark cherry, ginger snap biscuits, earth and potpourri. A bit of throb and depth here, plenty of spice and damp earth, succulence of dark cherry and cranberry crunch, tannin wide-grained and sure, assertive finish with a bit of the old ‘mineral’ feel as it goes. Very good.” 93+ points, Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au

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  • Luna Estate Blue Rock Pinot Noir 2018

    $ 56.00 incl. GST

    The Blue Rock vineyard was planted in 1986; a north facing undulating vineyard of rare geology, an ancient marine seabed of layers of clay loam, limestone, greywacke and, you guessed it, blue rock.

    As with Eclipse, this sees 15% new oak for 12 months.  A fine grained and amazingly long wine, this is a style of plushness and lusicousness, maintaining a beautiful balance of fruit generosity, tannin ripeness and elegance throughout. Screwcap closure.

    “Dried rose and orange peel, a bit of truffle and spice, cherry and strawberry. Medium-bodied, fine chalky grip, all the strawberries dusted with spice lends a bit of prettiness, though there’s bass here too, the finish autumnal, savoury and spicy. It’s sure of itself, and will likely roll out with more time in bottle.” 93+ points, Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au

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  • Luna Estate Blue Rock Pinot Noir 2019

    $ 56.00 incl. GST

    The Blue Rock vineyard was planted in 1986; a north facing undulating vineyard of rare geology, an ancient marine seabed of layers of clay loam, limestone, greywacke and, you guessed it, blue rock. Fermented wild, 15% whole bunch, 20-30 days maceration before pressing, one year in French oak puncheons, 20% new.  Unfined, unfiltered, no adds except minimal sulphur.

    A highly perfumed wine with this vineyard giving a bouquet of high-toned red cherry and fine floral notes, alongside silty brown earthy aromas.  Rich and silky on the palate, impressions of succulence from the tannins fruit, with flavours of cherry, truffle and earth, orange peel and strawberries.  Always a fuller style but maintains Pinosity and fineness, another hedonistic release from this excellent site.

    “Lovely unforced feel to this wine. Fragrant with bergamot, red cherry, a little spice and a mulchy earthy character. It’s lush and quietly juicy, a little orange peel punctuates the squishy red fruits, with fine silty tannin, and a succulent finish with a smattering of amaro herb and tang. Lovely drink. Good now, too.”93 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront

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  • Luna Estate Eclipse Pinot Noir 2019

    $ 56.00 incl. GST

    The Eclipse vineyard is situated on the gravels of the Martinborough Terrace, planted between 1993 and 2005.  In contrast to the Blue Rock, Eclipse Pinots tend to be more structurally pronounced and dark hearted.  Fermented wild with a small portion of whole bunch, 20-30 days maceration before pressing, one year in French oak puncheons, 20% new.  Unfined, unfiltered, no adds except minimal sulphur.

    Fresh, vibrant and youthful in appearance, showing classic vineyard character of the Martinborough Terrace of stones and dirt alongside dried herb and meat, alongside cherry, baked plum and floral notes.  On the palate, abundant and ripe tannins underpin a savoury mineral feel, alongside cherry and amaro fruit notes.  Drinking nicely now but one which will reward medium and further cellaring for sure.

    “Cherry and plum, baking spice, coffee grounds and clay, and lively dried herb and green capsicum top note. It’s plush, a bit savoury, quite a fleshy feel in the mouth, rich cocoa tannin, a subtle dried orange peel bitterness, and crushed rock kind of thing happening on the finish. I like that it doesn’t feel too forced, nor trying too hard.  Nice expression of vineyard here. A charmer.”  94 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront

     

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