John moved to Martinborough specifically for Pinot Noir, and became the Chief Winemaker at Te Kairanga in 2012. A graduate of Lincoln University with a post graduate diploma in Viticulture and Oenology, John was born and raised in Waiuku, south of Auckland.
His philosophy is to honour the past while looking to the future; "While our land is steeped in history, our winemaking is very much focused on the future - to fully realise the potential of this incredible piece of land.”
John's top picks:
Your favourite food match with Pinot Noir?
Crispy duck breast with confit potatoes.
The best Pinot Noir you’ve ever made?
John Martin Pinot Noir 2017, it's refined and seductive
What the aroma/flavour profile? Dark ripe fruits and exotic spice aromas. Full soft smooth palate has fine tannin structure.
Best local food favourites in Martinborough?
Beef fillet at Union Square, Little Square Pizza, Sourdough from Borough Bakery.
Best Local activities?
Sunset dinner at Lake Ferry Hotel, Tauherenikau River Gorge swimming, day trip to Cape Palliser.
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