Luna Estate / Martinborough, Nz

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Over The Moon – A Rising Star Of New Zealand Wine

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 Rosé 2020

    $ 31.00 incl. GST

    A blend of Pinot Meunier and Mariafeld, all grown in the Blue Rock vineyard.  Raised in seasoned oak and tips in at 7 grams of residual sugar, giving a more luscious and fruit driven style of rosé, though by no means sweet.

    Watermelon and pink grapefruit vibes, tangy and with some barrel driven texture to add some layers.  Loads of berry flavours, summer vibes through and through here.

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  • Luna Estate Pinot Noir 2017

    $ 31.00 incl. GST

    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 well under $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.”  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 2018

    $ 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.  A Chardonnay drinker’s Chardonnay, picked from mature vines and barrel fermented, then aged 11 months in 40% new barriques and puncheons.  Batonnage was not employed, and 50% of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation.

    A dense package of everything great about this grape.  A medium to full style, there’s plenty of peach, nectarine and citrus fruit, with some toast/oak and cashews, driving through the long finish which brings in flint and struck match.  Luna are justifiably proud of this wine – pure and convincing in every way.

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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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