Tasting Notes – Past Vintages

TIROHANA ESTATE CABERNET SHIRAZ 2004 – sold out
Cabernet franc, 33% Syrah and 12% Cabernet sauvignon. Dense, inky black in colour. On the nose there are dusty dried herbs underpinned by a slight green leafy bouquet. The palate is rich and full. Plummy fruit combined with spicy tar and tobacco is well integrated with the vanilla oak. A truly distinctive and sophisticated wine. The finish is long with the Syrah adding a peppery zing to the back palate. Best drinking through to 2007.

TIROHANA ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2004 – sold out
Full of flavour, this Chardonnay is truly a classic with a distinctive taste. Aromas of peaches and melon are evident on the nose and on the palate the wine is fresh and clean with a complex oak character, which lingers long to satisfy even the most discriminating palate. Enjoy young but equally this Chardonnay will cellar very well and gestate to interweave varietal fruit flavours. Sophisticated and elegant, this Chardonnay exhibits all the finest characteristics of a truly memorable vintage. Cellar through from 3-7 years.

TIROHANA ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2005 – sold out
Oaked in French barriques for 10 months with approximately 10% of the fruit having undergone malolactic fermentation, this Chardonnay is an elegant full bodied classic, displaying remarkable similarities to Chablis. Very well-rounded with tropical fruits on the nose – a touch of pear, kiwifruit, fig and melon. On the palate there is apple tart and a hint of butter, which will develop in the bottle. This wine has crisp, flinty characteristics and will evolve to show some beautiful fruit flavours with a buttery smooth texture.

TIROHANA ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2006 – sold out
A beautiful, classically-fruity Chardonnay with floral elements. Oaked for 10 months, this Chardonnay is light and easy to drink with any food and offers the discerning palate a range of tropical fruits at the front with some floral notes at the back.

TIROHANA ESTATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2007 – sold out
A late frost in 2006 meant that the entire 2007 vintage was extremely low yield and premium. This limited edition Chardonnay Reserve was stored in 100 Year Old French oak and this single varietal has developed into a unique and elegant classically styled Chardonnay reminiscent of Chablis. On the nose there is a range of tropical fruit and yet this exciting wine diversifies to produce even a hint of grapefruit on the palate which is softened by a wonderful and warm honey and creamy texture. This wine also has unusual trace elements and flint flavours which will only manifest into a greater complexity as the wine evolves to eventually punctuate a range of provocative fruit flavours. Drinkable now, but also offers exciting possibilities in cellaring, reflecting 2007 to be an exceptionally high quality Chardonnay vintage.

TIROHANA ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2009 – sold out
This 2009 vintage is a full and lively blend of flavors offering a start reminiscent of a fine French Chablis. Soft apple and citrus flavors, substantial minerality and crisp acidity that carry through the front palate and then evolve into almond, pear and fig, with subtle toasting. Silky textured and structured layers, make this a trade mark Tirohana Estate Chardonnay not to be missed.

TIROHANA ESTATE LATE HARVEST RIESLING 2004 – sold out
Lush and full of flavour, this wine benefits from 25% Botrytis noble fruit, which brings about a truly distinctive taste. Sophisticated and elegant, the wine has a strongly scented aroma, with hints of orange peel and musk. The texture is full with toasty marmalade and ripe limes. Sweet (100g/l residual sugar) but not cloying. The high acid gives the wine a fresh appeal. Smooth and pleasing, this Late Harvest will turn to golden nectar with three to five years cellaring

TIROHANA ESTATE NOBLE SPIRIT 2005 (Sauvignon & Chardonnay Blend) – sold out
A stunningly beautiful crystal clear wine, Nobel Spirit is a dessert classic. A blend of handpicked Botrytis Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc fruit, there is heavy passionfruit and rockmelon on the nose with a long tropical taste on the palate and a slight acidic kick at the back. Noble Spirit is perfect for drinking now, ice cold with fruit for dessert or on it’s own to celebrate the sweetness and full flavour of the fruit. Served at room temperature, guava and papaya will come through, together with a hint of pineapple. Cellared for 5-7 years, Noble Spirit will turn into golden nectar, full of pears and a subtle touch of honey. Residual Sugar 140g per litre. Acid 9.2g per litre.

TIROHANA ESTATE NOBLE SPIRIT 2006 – sold out
60% Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc and 40% late harvest Riesling. Another classic dessert wine from Tirohana Estate. Offering strong pear aromas, this wine also displays orange, kumquat and passionfruit on the front palate. Non cloying, non syrupy, with a long silky finish, cellared for 5-7 years, Noble Spirit 2006 will deepen to golden nectar, full of cloved orange with strong acidic spark. Compliments those looking for a dessert wine that marries classic Noble, with silky, rich late harvest qualities.Residual sugar 80 grams per litre, acidity 7.4 g/l

TIROHANA ESTATE NOBLE SPIRIT LATE HARVEST 2008 Dessert Wine – sold out
Paying homage to a classic Sauternes (this truly is a “sticky” without being “sticky”), Tirohana’s Noble Spirit Late Harvest dessert wine 2008 is already showing all indications of following the popularity of its auspicious predecessors (especially Ice Spirit 2007 and Noble Spirit 2005/6), displaying an evocative and elegant texture with a mixture of fruits featuring pear in abundance, and interweaving Riesling characteristics. This dessert wine is also a wonderful aperitif and punctuates every conceivable dessert on any menu – but can also stimulate the palate with cheeses, ice cream, and is especially profound with spicy foods such as Thai food and curries.

TIROHANA ESTATE ICE SPIRIT 2011 – sold out
Paying homage to a classic Sauternes (this truly is a “sticky” without being “sticky”), Tirohana’s Ice Spirit dessert wine 2011 is already showing all indications of following the popularity of its auspicious predecessors (especially Ice Spirit 2007 and Noble Spirit 2005/6), displaying an evocative and elegant texture with a mixture of fruits featuring pear in abundance, and interweaving Riesling characteristics. Freeze concentrated at -10 deg. This dessert wine is also a wonderful aperitif and punctuates every conceivable dessert on any menu – but can also stimulate the palate with cheeses, ice cream, and is especially profound with spicy foods such as Thai food and curries.

TIROHANA ESTATE NUAGE SPIRIT 2010 – sold out
This exquisite fortified wine embodies the unique characteristics of a light Port and also a liqueur such as cherry brandy (one of our cellar door team even described it as “liquid Christmas cake”).  Originating with a descendent of our Championship Pinot Noir grape from our aged and oldest vines, this blend interweaves ten year old aged malt spirit, resulting in a truly stunning variety of multi-dimensional textures.  Ideal as an aperitif as well as a post-dinner liqueur with flavours that seemingly last forever.

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2002 – sold out
This Pinot Noir exemplifies why Martinborough has been christened the Pinot capital of the New World. A truly premium wine, this 2002 Pinot is garnet in colour and interweaves evocative aromas of black cherry and plum. With subtle hints of new French oak. On the palate the wine is smooth and velvety with an elegant structure and a long exciting taste precipitating the full depth and character of a remarkable wine. Can cellar 3-7 years but is truly delightful to enjoy – and indulge in – now.

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2004 – sold out
Cheeky and precocious, this Pinot excites both the nose and palate by it’s inate and unique qualities. Oaked for only six months yet already this wine exhibits it’s berry fruit and a wonderful hint of new French oak layered with plum. Ideal for drinking now – but can be cellared for up to 5 years. A distinctive blend to inspire wine lovers from those newly introduced to the Martinborough region – even the most discriminating connoisseur.

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2005 – sold out
Silver Medal Winner, The Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2006
A low yield vintage, this Pinot Noir is already developing into a classic with its deep red garnet colour and complex texture. Displaying sweet cherry and savoury earth on the nose. The palate is again cherry with a hint of licorice and black coffee, a delightful peppery oak spice and long lasting vanilla on the back of the palate, providing a wonderful delayed aftertaste. Oaked in imported new French barriques, this elegant yet complex wine will develop more earthy and forest floor tones with hints of blackcurrant in the Cellar.Wonderful on its own or a perfect compliment to duck or venison. Very drinkable now – this exciting vintage will evolve well and cellar for 10 years.

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR LESLIE 2008 – sold out
A truly outstanding vintage with near perfect growing conditions (very dry and hot) heralds Tirohana’s 2008 Pinot Noir Leslie variety. Bold and innovative in its design, the flavours are enchanting as is the structural complexity with characteristics including strawberry, ripe cherry and blackberry, with an underlying doris plum tone and a velvety smooth texture which lingers long (and very easily) on the palate. This variety underpins Tirohana’s position of producing premium Pinot Noir (as best exemplified by the Championship trophy in the Bragato awards) and is available as a limited release as a result of only 10% being lightly oaked allowing the full flavour and complexity of the fruit to manifest, achieving the objective of allowing the consumer to taste the stunning result of an almost perfect vintage as if one was picking and squeezing the berries fresh from the vine.

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2008 RESERVE – sold out
Full bodied wine with brilliant aromatics, intense fruit, and a lasting finish. This Pinot will captivate your senses. Rich garnet in color. The nose is of ripe forest berries, spice and earth. It lingers on the front and rear palate, offering flavours such as blackberry, current and finally merging with that of clove and spice. Tirohana Estate Pinot Noir firmly offers a consistency in a classic Burgandese, New world hybrid Pinot Noir, displaying year after year the excellence of the Tirohana Estate Home block label. Another wonderful Classic Pinot Noir that requires both instant drinkability, as well as long term cellaring.

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2009 “CLASSIC” – sold out
A heavy yield harvested from this vintage yet this Pinot Noir is already developing into a classic with its deep red garnet colour and complex layers. Displaying rich dark plum and savoury earth on the nose, the palate is fleshy and with texture to match., A peppery oak and long lasting spice on the back of the palate, providing a wonderful elongated taste. Oaked in imported new French barriques, this elegant yet complex wine is guaranteed to please and for those looking for a definitive Martinborough Pinot Noir, you need look no further. Very drinkable now – this exciting vintage will evolve well and cellar for 10 years.

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2010 “HERITAGE”(SPECIAL RESERVE)
Dish Magazine Wine Panel – Pinot Noir – Top Ten Wine, 5-star Gold ranking
This very special wine marks Martinborough’s Heritage as a world class Pinot Noir region. A limited edition vintage has been produced from the Tirohana Estate Heritage vines, originally planted in the early 1980s, by our pioneering viticulturists. Beautiful red ruby with enticing violet tones. Intense and hearty with notes of ripe forest fruits, layers of spices and herbs. Exquisitely structured rounded tannins. Blackberry, licorice and dark cherry with long lingering vanilla & clove finish. ORDER

TIROHANA ESTATE TIROSÉ PREMIUM ROSE 2010 – sold out
Back by popular demand, this wine was meant to be a one off, but clearly this was not meant! Clear, bright, Salmon colour. Strong strawberries, cherry and raspberry as expected but entwined in subtle citrus notes, with that dry and tart balance. Very clean fruity aromas. Fresh, bold, faint bitterness, in the long invigorating, mouth-watering finish. 12.5% alcohol, 10 to 12 grams of Residual sugar per litre, Acidity 6.4 g/l 100% Premium Pinot Noir

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2006 – sold out
GOLD MEDAL WINNER, Champion Pinot Noir and the Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy and the Reserve Champion Wine and Richard Smart Trophy ROMEO BRAGATO WINE AWARDS 2007 – 5-star Recommendation by Cuisine

All that makes a true Martinborough Pinot Noir can be found in the Tirohana Estate 2006 Pinot Noir. The Estate’s original aged vines provide this wine with classic richness of fruit, deep garnet colours and silky textures. This elegant and smooth, velvety textured wine offers a palate full of diverse spices, long lingering rich dark fruits with licorice and hints of chocolate and vanilla. The nose is evocative and exciting, heralding the unique character of a truly memorable vintage, punctuating all that can be experienced in a premium award winning wine. Warren Barton, The Dominion Post – The Top Five – “A classy wine that has already won plenty of plaudits, and trophies, for its presence, its beautiful floral nose and appealing, cherry palate. Earthy.”

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR GRAND MASTER PLATINUM 2005 – sold out
Dark garnet; spicy oak and charred scents dominate. Ripe plum, berry with huge depth offering dark chocolate and cherry liqueur on the palate. Intense and provocative mouth-filling, full bodied, with long lingering richness. Evolving concentrated fruit, silky, elegant multi dimensional texture and a cinnamon, mocha spice finish of endless length. This wine is a true classic with great complexity and intensity. Matured for 18 months in the finest of French oak barriques, the 2005 PLATINUM GRAND MASTER is for the discerning and will offer instant indulgence, gratification and a real and memorable opportunity to be one of the few – to have sampled one of the very best on offer within the world of wine. Enjoy now or find a very special place in the your cellar.

TIROHANA ESTATE RIESLING 2004 – sold out
A wine with tremendous flavour development. Strong lime and hints of rose petal on the nose. On the palate the wine has a surge of ripe lemon and green apple fruit. It has an attractive texture and is already developing complex mineral and almost chalky notes giving the wine a truly an identifiable and distinctive appeal for discriminating aficionados of Riesling. A small amount of Botrytis in the fruit gives an appealing orange peel aroma. Made in an off-dry style with 7g/l residual sugar. A big bold wine like this will age very well. Enjoy it now for its fresh fruitiness but for those who enjoy aged Rieslings, cellar for five to eight years. Sealed with screwcaps.

TIROHANA ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2004 – sold out
Classically New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in style. Lifted herbaceous nose with some riper passionfruit notes. Crisp and lively in the mouth with good weight. The grapes have been gently whole-bunch pressed and cool fermented. The wine has retained all the lovely ripe gooseberry and capsicum flavours. A truly distinctive blend, this wine is perfect to enjoy chilled on a summer’s day. Is especially beneficial to compliment all fresh seafood. We have kept a few grams of residual sugar to balance the zingy acidity. Best consumed young. Sealed with screwcaps.

TIROHANA ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2005 – sold out
A well rounded and fresh wine designed to be drunk young. This classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is traditionally herbaceous, offering distinct fruit and great balance. Aromas include smatterings of freshly mown grass, which are preceded and followed by the palpable presence of ripe, sweet gooseberry. Strong flavours, with hints of lemon and lime, yet dominated by zingy and intense gooseberry. This vintage is crisp and refreshing on the palate, displaying assertive and bright acidic presence, with a broad ripe taste. This wine will work well with food matching and is to be enjoyed now.

TIROHANA ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2006 – sold out
Zesty, full of pears and rockmelon, this Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect balance of tropical fruits. Grapefruit and guava with a hint of lime. Light and clear with a slight acidic kick at the back. An easy to drink wine, fermented in steel so best drunk young. Ideal with seafood, as an aperetif or with cheese – try this with something a little pungent – it’s a taste made in Heaven.

TIROHANA ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2007 – sold out
Full of grapefruit, lemon and lime this is a classic Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp and vibrant with a dry mouthfeel and a delicious astringency on the tongue.

TIROHANA ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008 – sold out
A dazzling and complex array of tropical fruit aromas, richly layered with minerals and flints which enrich the intricate and refreshing fruit tones featuring pineapple, gooseberry, capsicum and lychee. A truly unique varietal from a memorable vintage, balancing fruit and acidity along with an elegant velvety texture, pleasing on the nose, evocative to the palate and with a long and lingering mouthfeel and aftertaste.

TIROHANA ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011 – sold out
From one vintage to another the Tirohana Estate Sauvignon Blanc offers such a brightness in this classic New Zealand varietal. The 2011 vintage follows in the footsteps of its 2009 predecessor, with a softness of fruit and dryness on the palette, whilst deceptively leading with sweet tropical hints. A beautifully balanced and evocative nose showing a mix of ripe tropical fruit characters. Rich layers revealing depth of fruit and balance, whilst offering a perfect level of acidity. Sauvignon Blanc from Tirohana Estate is truly defined in this style and once again the emerald grape offers another treasure.

TIROHANA ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2007 LIMITED EDITION 375ML – sold out
Resurrected and evolved from a frost damaged budburst, this remarkable variety evokes all the glorious properties of a traditional and memorable Pinot Noir. As befitting low cropping this elegant wine is richly enhanced with hints of black cherry, chocolate liqueur interwoven with traces of plum, fine pepper and spice elements. Velvety tannins with vanilla oak add both complexity to the nose and enrich the palate with an explosion of exciting dimensions. This wine will cellar well but is ready to savour now, punctuating and offering all the very best of its multi-award winning 2006 Bragato Championship Pinot Noir predecessor.

TIROHANA ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 – sold out
Translucent, bright; sweet, ripe tropical, mango, with a faint hint of mineral. Soft rich vanilla flavours, long silky finish. Beautifully balanced and expressive nose showing a mix of tropical fruit characters. Rich layers revealing depth of fruit and balance. Another evocative Sauvignon Blanc vintage that stands out from the norm.