The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Category (Best New Zealand Pinot Noir) at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).
Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2015 - August 2017 Decanter review
Te Kairanga is one of the oldest and best-positioned vineyards in Martinborough. Its vineyards are located on free draining land once owned by the founding father of Martinborough, John Martin, in the late 1800s.
The grapes for ‘Runholder’, a tribute to the original settlers, are grown on low-cropping vines; selective hand-picking, small batch fermentation and sensitive oak handling contribute to producing this rich, concentrated Pinot Noir. Traditional fermentation in small vats is employed with hand-plunging and gentle pressing off to release the flavour locked in the skins; movement of juice and wine around the winery is by gravity and the wine spends 15 months in French oak barrels, a quarter new. Initial aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and spice are backed by a velvety textured palate with subtle oak notes.