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“Te Mānia has an international reputation for producing fine wines. A two time Champion of the prestigious Bragato Wine Awards, Te Mānia has created an enviable record for making excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines.” 
- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail

 

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

Gold medal -Sakura Wine Awards, Japan

Gorgeous and ripe, the fragant nose displays dark cherry, floral, cedar and subtle spice notes. It’s succulent and richly textured on the palate with excellent fruit intensity, finishing long and supple backed by fine-grained tannins. This should evolve beautifully.

At its best now to 2016. ««««« Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Aug 2012

Full, even, light ruby-red colour with purple hues.  The bouquet is very fine and tightly bound with subtle warm raspberry, cherry and red floral fragrances, revealing some nutty oak and spice elements in the glass.  Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours are reticent, but showing bright red

cherry notes, raspberry liqueur and spices.  Fine-grained tannins are the feature on the palate, providing a concentrated and stylish mouthfeel with flowing textures.  There is density and good acidity to the palate which carries through to a long, firm and tightly bound finish.  This is a youthful and tightly bound, finely structured Pinot Noir that will unfold its fruit richness over the next 5-6 years when it will merit a higher rating.  «««« Stars

- Raymond Chan, Oct 2012

 

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Joelle Thomson's TOP NZ Pinot Noir

Jon and Cheryl Harrey are the quiet couple behind this exciting Nelson wine which offers massive value and silky X factor.

Joelle Thomson, The Dominion Post, 06/04/2013

The bouquet is elegantly fragant with red/black cherry, game, floral and a hint of savoury mushroom characters. The palate is ripe and beatifully weighted with velvety texture and seamlessly integrated fine atnnins. The finish is impressively long and expansive. 

««««« Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Silver medal - Bragato Wine Awards 2011

Silver medal - NZ International Wine show

"An opulent Pinot displaying ripe cherry, plum and spice characters with a touch of dried herb notes. The palate is expansive and weighty showing silky texture and supple tannins. A sumptuous Pinot with lovely complexity. ****½ Stars, 90 points"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Classic Burgundian colour and heady, intoxicating, cherry, chocolate and hedgerow aromas. In the mouth it has upfront savoury spices, flavoursome rhubarb and plum flavours which pave the way for silky, textural length of flavour that lasts and lasts. Lovely stuff."  Yvonne Lorkin, 2011

"Full-flavoured, with ripe plum, spice and dried herb characters, gently seasoned with toasty oak Finely balanced.**** Stars"

- Michael Cooper, Winestate

"Light ruby-red colour with a light garnet edge, this has a soft, full bouquet of mushrooms, forest floor and truffles, along with oak spices and cedar, all underlined by aromas of savoury soft red berry fruits. Full-bodied, this has a complex, deeply-flavoured amalgam of earthy red berry fruits, game and mushrooms, enlivened by fresh acidity. The palate is sweet at the core, and supple tannins provide good support, giving the wine a long, lingering, spice-infused finish. Made from clones 115, 777 and 5, fully-destemmed and cold soaked, indigenous yeast fermentation initiated and carried through to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in 40% new French barriques. This will be a wine to drink over the next 4-5+ years with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influenced cuisine. 18.0-/20**** Stars"

- Raymond Chan, Jul 2011.

 

       Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

Gold medal - Sydney Top 100, Highly Commended.

"Ripe and nicely lifted on the nose displaying red cherry, dried herb and spice characters. The palate is juicy and generously flavoured with smooth texture and crisp acidity leading to a fine, elegant finish. A well fruited Pinot with a good influence of savoury notes.**** Stars"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

   

"Sturdy, French and American oak-aged red. Ruby-hued (with a hint of development), and satisfying depth of cherry and slight herb flavours, supple and smooth."

- Michael Cooper

"It pours from the bottle with an earthly, magenta colour, just the way I like my pinot to look. Scented with baked plum, dried strawberries, black tea and toast, it bursts with fresh cherry and red berries in the mouth. Vibrant, fresh and slippery-smooth - great stuff and perfect with duck." 

- Yvonne Lorkin, BOP Times

        Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir 2007

91 Points - Robert M. Parker Jr

(Wine Advocate, www.robertparker.com)

September 2009

"Ripe and nicely lifted on the nose displaying red cherry, dried herb and spice characters. The palate is juicy and generously flavoured with smooth texture and crisp acidity leading to a fine, elegant finish. A well fruited Pinot with a good influence of savoury notes." ***** Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

      

"Elegant, curvaceous and spicy, this hand-harvested Nelson wine shows a seductive femininity. Attractively scented, beautifully rich, round palate, lithe, sinuous body, beautifully structured and the flavours linger like the memory of a kiss. Make a date with this one." - Kent Slocombe, The Press, December 2008

"A thumping little pinot from Nelson way, boasting lovely aromas of japonica, sweet black tea, spicy cedar and lush, forest-floor type fragrances. It is slippery, sexy and smoky to taste – superb value indeed." - Yvonne Lorkin

"Dark black cherry colour, savoury blackberry aromas, a big round mouthfeel with hints of smoky bacon and black pepper in the flavours.  A fantastic wine that is still youthful and is another great wine for the cellar." - Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail, July 2008

Winestate ****½ Stars - Michael Cooper 2008

Silver medal - NZ International wine show    

"A light, attractive reddish purple colour. A broad, savoury nose, full of wild, foresty aromas: wet earth, prunes and dry autumn leaves, laced with suggestions of black tea and fresh rabbit. Wow! A full, plumy front soon gives way to an earthy, dry mid palate of great appeal and complexity, with a centering flick of acid and a fine tannic presence. The gamey, earthy, slightly herbal essence of the wine rumbles with a deep, quiet power, as hints of clove, plum and charcoal line the long, savoury finish. Perhaps needs a couple of year to fully come together, but potentially brilliant."
- David Stewart, True Wines

 

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir 2006

 "An impressive and gorgeous Pinot Noir.  Medium red/purple in colour with a lovely fragrance of black plums, cherries and nice background oak characters.  Already showing complexity and intrigue, it’s rich, but not heavy, with stunning texture and balance.  Beautifully structured with fine acidity and fine grain tannins, this Pinot has purity of fruit as well as complexity from winemaking.  This will only get better with bottle age.  Smart Buy."

***** Stars. - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

 

"A step up in quality and intensity comes with the 2006 Te Mānia Reserve Nelson Pinot Noir. A bright dark cherry colour and aromas that are again ripe and intense black cherry are complimented by a mouth feel that is nicely weighted. Ripe cherry flavours with savoury toasted oak characters and silky tannins make this a very serious wine that is wonderful value. I have paid a lot more for wine far less impressive."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail September 2007

"A romatic cherry/berry nose with a hint of creek-water. Fresh and mellow.  Bright, cherryish impact is all about succulent, loose limbed fruit, simultaneously gentle and intense. Mid palate is firm and pretty flavoured, with depth and an acid based keenness. Finish is slightly hard, with strong acid presence and a glitter of fruit. Needs some more bottle age, but promising stuff."

- Keith Stewart, True Wines

"A thumping little pinot from Nelson way, boasting lovely aromas of japonica, sweet black tea, spicy cedar and lush, forest-floor type fragrances.  It is slippery, sexy and smoky to taste – superb value indeed."

- Yvonne Lorkin

****½ StarsWine Kingdom, Japan

 

Te Mānia 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir

Gold medal - Air New Zealand Show

**** Stars - Decanter 2008

 

"What a fantastic Pinot!  Nelson – give yourselves a high five.  Explosive fruit and savoury, mushroomy spices combine with cold tea, juicy cranberry and black cherry characters.  Ultra-smooth on the palate with sweet fruit notes and a lingering earthy finish (note to self…must ask Santa for a case this Christmas)" ***** Stars

– Yvonne Lorkin, wine writer.

"Deeply coloured, bold and savoury, with firm, ripe, concentrated flavours of dark fruits, spices and smoky oak.  Powerful wine with excellent harmony and length."****½ Stars

- Michael Cooper, Winestate April 2007.

"Pinot Envy Te Mānia Reserve Nelson Pinot Noir 2005. This wine’s elder siblings have won several high-profile awards. It doesn’t disappoint. Its got an enticing pinot bouquet, a satisfyingly deep ruby colour, soft fruit tannin, spices, and cherry flavours that linger on the aftertaste. It’s a wine that will give some of the big names of Central Otago and Martinborough a run, and will only get better with cellar age. Gutsy."
- Simon Cunliffe, The Press

Te Mānia 2005 Reserve Pinot.  "Tasty and richly fruited with loads of warm pinot flavours looking good. A clean, fresh style, bountiful in plums, some strawberries, opening up very well."
- Peter Saunders, **** Stars Winestate

 

Te Mānia 2003 Reserve Pinot Noir

"This tasting unearthed several Pinot Noir bargains. Te Mānia Reserve 2003 is a prime example.  This Nelson wine knocks the spots off many of its more expensive peers.  Cherry, plum and dark berry flavours were noted in this very big and quite oaky wine.  It clearly has good cellaring potential. Gold medal 93 Points.  Best value for money."
- Bob Campbell MW, Home and Entertaining 05

Te Mānia 2003 Reserve Pinot, was selected by Jancis Robinson as one of her top 10 Pinots from New Zealand, noting….."Te Mānia produce wines with an impressive combination of early charm and evidence of future potential."
- Jancis Robinson, Decanter 2005

 

Te Mānia 2001 Reserve Pinot Noir

Bragato Trophy winner for Top Pinot Noir, Red Wine and Top Wine of Show 2003.  "This wine is still very young and the nose is still quite closed but give the glass a good shake and rich cherry/ earthy / mushroom characters ooze out of the glass.  Taste the wine and the first impression you will get is of rich, sweet fruit backed up with those familiar smoky/earthy/savoury flavours.  Elegant fruit driven tannins round out the experience nicely.  This is a powerful pinot that is almost too easy to drink and deserves the accolades it has received."
- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail Oct 2002

 

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Chardonnay

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Chardonnay 2011

"Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Home Block’ from 16 y.o. vines, fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in French and American oak barriques, 33% new.  Brilliant, even, straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, and a little pale green on edge.  The bouquet is full and powerful with deep aromas of citrus fruits, mealy, nutty oak and barrel-ferment toasty notes.  Full-bodied with good weight and presence, rich, ripe citrussy fruit and toasty, spicy oak flavours are harmoniously integrated forming a soft and dense core and rounded mouthfeel.  The flavours are underlined by bright and balanced acidity and barrel-fermentation creaminess is a feature.  The fruit and oak flow smoothly to a fulsome, soft finish with moderate length.  This is a full-bodied, weighty and softly mouthfilling Chardonnay with rich citrus and oak flavours.  Match with roasted fish, poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. ««««« Stars" -  Raymond Chan

"This youthful Chardonnay is offering plenty already with fragrant aromas of peach, mango, cream and vanillin oak. The palate is succulent and intensely flavoured with excellent weight and silky texture, leading to a long, crisp finish. A lovely engaging Chardonnay. Certified organic.««««½ Stars,  91 points"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit      

   

        Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Chardonnay 2009

"One of the most reliable and delicious New Zealand Chardonnays, this excellent 2009 offering is sure to please Chardonnay lovers. The gorgeous bouquet displays tropical fruit, citrus and creamy oak characters. It's full and generously flavoured on the palate with excellent fruit weight and a lengthy crisp finish. Very appealing.*****Stars, 93 Points"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Elegant, finely balanced wine with a fragrant, biscuity bouquet.  Vibrant, peachy fruit characters, gently seasoned with nutty oak, fresh acidity and a slightly creamy finish.«««« Stars"

- Michael Cooper Winestate May/June 2011

**** Stars, Raymond Chan

 

"Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2009 was my favourite. Full-bodied with quite powerful nutty, mealy, savoury characters to the fore, fruit (a hint of apple, a touch of lime) plays a minor role. A little different in style to the others, with mealy savoury aromas that are a little subdued; it's dry, it's sophisticated with a really long finish – and to me this is what sets it apart." - Sue Courtney

 

        Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Chardonnay 2008

"Ripe, intense and opulent on the nose displaying tropical fruit, toasty oak and subtle creamy characters. The palate is richly textured and generously proportioned with silky mouthfeel and well pitched acidity. A full-bodied Chardonnay with a strong oak influence.**** ½Stars"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Highly flavoured style, fermented and matured for 11 months in French and American oak barriques. Mouthfilling, with strong, citrusy flavours seasoned with toasty oak. Still youthful."

- Michael Cooper

 

"Quite a concentrated Chardonnay with good weight and texture. Nicely integrated flavours of nectarine, grapefruit and sizzled butter/butterscotch plus a seasoning of spicy/vanilla oak. Tangy acidity with a slightly resinous character."

- Bob Campbell M.W.

 

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Chardonnay 2007

"Gorgeous, glossy gold and boasts a beautiful nose loaded with fresh grapefruit, peach, hints of cream and gentle use of oak. If it were 1990, I would call this some “most excellent and bodacious booze my friends” but I’m a grown up now, and it’s more seemly to say that this wine is incredibly satisfying and shows restraint, elegance and power in a single sip. Just magnificent, and half the price of some that aren’t half as good. ***** Stars"

- Yvonne Lorkin.

"Powerful Nelson wine with mouthfilling body and rich, ripe, citrusy flavours, seasoned with toasty French and American oak.  Slightly creamy texture, with fresh acidity keeping things lively.

**** Stars" Recommended Winestate.

- Michael Cooper

 

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Chardonnay 2006

"Many Chardonnay fans will just love this wine.  An opulent Chardonnay boasting ripe peaches, butterscotch and toasty oak.  The equally luscious palate shows loads of ripe fruit characters and unctuous creamy texture with nicely balanced acidity.  This is an absolutely delicious wine for those who enjoy a bigger, richer style of Chardonnays.  Fermented and matured in French and American oak for 10 months. At its best: now to 2009."  93 / ***** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 2007

"Te Mānia produce consistent high-quality wines and this chardonnay is no exception.  The nose is loaded with grapefruit, toasty oak and juicy stonefruit, leading to a deliciously weighty mouthfeel with roast nuts, ripe rockmelon and a long lingering finish.  Yummorama."****½ Stars- Yvonne Lorkin

"Touched with buttercups and manuka honey, this quite intoxicating nose invokes endless fields of golden wildflowers.  A slippery, vanilla front swiftly blossoms, revealing seamlessly well integrated butterscotch, grapefruit and manuka honey notes, complemented by a suggestion of ripe peach and all in finely balanced relation to one another. The finish is dry and flavoursome. Balance, tension, and generosity are the hallmarks of this impressive wine."

- David Stewart, True Wines

Silver medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2007

 

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Chardonnay 2005

"This is a powerful wine that is rich but balanced. Delicate peach aromas are reflected in the flavours but obvious minerality and a touch of grapefruit marmalade flavour in the finish round out a super wine experience. This is a beautifully complex, full and statisfying wine. This one will find its way into my cellar."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail September 2007

"This is a striking, bold Chardonnay displaying loads of ripe stone fruit and creamy, toasty oak characters.  The bouquet is so fragrant you could just smell it for hours.  The palate enhances the lovely perfume by providing full, rich texture and beautifully balanced acidity giving freshness.  Great length which seduces you for a second sip."  93 points ***** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Bright yellow gold. Copious amounts of vanillin oak, lanolin, butterscotch and stonefruit on the nose carry through to the rich, full-bodied, mouthfilling palate that brims with ripe stonefruits, tangelo zest and spicy cedar. This is truly a Chardonnay lovers wine and gets better and better as it opens up. With decanting the boisterous oak flavours meld seamlessly into the wine as a whole and the finish is long, creamy, sweet-oaked and powerful."

– Sue Courtenay

"One of the most satisfying chardonnays to emerge from the Nelson Region.  Made only in good vintages, it’s a weighty, creamy, impeccably balanced wine that delivers a great surge of rich, vibrant flavour.  Power, complexity, finesse…it’s all here."

- Karl Du Fresne, Sunday Star Times February 2007

 

"Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Chardonnay 2005 is a beauty.  If you like your chardonnay full and rich, then this is for you.  Fermented in oak barrels. Lots of lees stirring and full malolactic fermentation, this wine has a luscious creamy texture and flavours that evolve from ripe peaches to soft oak, then bread yeast, and finally spice in the mouth.  The 2004 version of this wine picked up several gold medals and I suggest the latest release will have similar success.  It simply puts a smile on your face."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail Dec 2006

"Powerful Nelson wine, fermented in French (58 per cent) and American oak barriques.  Concentrated, ripe stonefruit and toasty oak flavours, with full MLF and a sliver of sweetness adding smoothness." ****½ Stars.

- Michael Cooper, Winestate 2007

"No wallflower this, its vibrant peaches and firm, forward, toasty oak eliciting much enthusiasm from the panel.  Fleshy, flavoursome and flooded with fruit." **** Stars. - Cuisine

 

Te Mānia Reserve Chardonnay 2004

Gold medal - Bragato Wine Awards

****½ Stars and Best Buy Cuisine for outstanding value for quality and price. "This finely textured wine has nutty, creamy aromas leading into a tight, elegant wine with good vigour and intensity. The palate is concentrated and complex, with well-ripened fruit flavours, rich and lingering."

"Te Mānia is a Nelson winery that’s full of surprises. The Reserve Chardonnay 2004 is just such a wine. It’s a big oaky chardonnay with a deliciously creamy texture. The oak is slightly dominant but there’s plenty of delicious peach, guava and citrus flavours as well. A complex and appealing chardonnay."  ***** Stars
- Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine

***** Stars by Bob Campbell MW in NZ House & Garden

 

Te Mānia Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2003 

"Typically a powerful, generous wine with heaps of oak seasoning, rich, concentrated, ripe fruit flavours and a cream-smooth texture. The 2003 (4.5 stars) was fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (40% new). Nutty aromas lead to a weighty Nelson wine with a strong surge of grapefruit and toast flavours and a creamy-rich flavours."
- Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2006

 

Te Mānia Reserve Chardonnay 2002

Gold medal - Bragato Wine Awards

****½ Stars by Michael Cooper in Winestate Magazine

 

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Awarded a Silver medal at the New Zealand International Wine Show

"Packed with flavour, the characterful 2008 vintage (****)was tank-fermented, then matured 50/50 split of tanks and seasoned oak barrels. Clearly herbaceous, it is fleshy and rich, with strong gooseberry, herb, fig and spice flavours, a slightly nutty twist and considerable complexity."
- Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to NZ Wines

"Oak aged Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of flavour and a creamy texture. It's obviously, but not excessively, oaky with ripe tree fruit flavours and a suggestion of bready yeast character."

- Bob Campbell M.W.

"Packed with flavour, this wine was tank-fermented, then matured 50/50 in tanks and seasoned oak barrels. Herbaceous, fleshy and rich, with strong gooseberry, herb, fig and spice flavours, a slightly nutty twist and considerable complexity." **** Stars
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Te Mānia Nelson Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2007


"After a fresh, lively initial impact with citrus and yellow capsicum flavours, and well balanced acidity, the wine consolidates with a fleshier mid section of good complexity, with long mineral and herbaceous notes. Texturally mouthfilling and lightly buttery, a composed, highly enjoyable wine."
- David Stewart, Truewines 2008

"Fleshy, concentrated dry wine, matured in a 50/50 split of tanks and old barrels. Slightly oaky aromas and flavours, with ripe, tropical fruit flavours and good acid balance. Best drinking 2009."*** ½ Stars - Michael Cooper, Winestate 2008

"Oak aged Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of flavour and a creamy texture. It's obviously, but not excessively, oaky with ripe tree fruit flavours and a suggestion of bready yeast character."
- Bob Campbell

 

Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc

Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Gold medal -Sakura Wine Awards, Japan

Silver medal - 2013 New Zealand International Wine Show.

 

Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Gold medal - 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show.

"The nose is intense and perfumed displaying passion fruit, pineapple and herbaceous characters. It’s powerful on the palate with succulent mouthfeel and mouth-watering acidity leading to a lingering crisp finish. «««« ½  Stars" - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"A sensational little Sauvignon with summer written all over it! I love the white peach, lemon and juicy tropical flaviurs and its lovely, piercing acidity and spritzy-clean texture on the finish. Full of personality and punch - it's fantastic with mussel fritters slathered in lemon juice and aioli.«««« Stars"                            - Yvonne Lorkin, Sips of the week, 05/11/2012

"Bright pale straw colour with pale green hues, near colourless on rim.  This has a full, even and tightly presented nose of ripe, pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit aromas, with gooseberries, herbs and minerally elements, promising to reveal more.  Dry to taste, tightly bound passionfruit flavours form a penetrating and intensely flavoured core.  The wine is zesty and crisp from racy acidity, which along with fine phenolic textures, forms a driven and linear palate.  The mouthfeel is firm and dry, and the wine has a very long, lingering finish of passionfruit and gooseberry flavours enlivened by bright acidity.  This is a racy Sauvignon Blanc with pungent passionfruit flavours supported by a long, textured palate.  Serve with Mediterranean cuisine over the next 2-3 years. «««« Stars” - Raymond Chan

 

Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Pure Gold medal - 2011 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

"Beautifully fragrant, this is a fruit-intense Sauvignon displaying passionfruit, peach and herbaceous characters on the nose. The palate is equally attractive with a rounded mouthfeel and weight, leading to a lingering crisp finish. An immensely appealing wine with plenty of delicious flavours. 93 points, ««««« Stars"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"This has an elegant and tightly bound, pure nose of ripe gooseberry fruit with notes of tropical fruits and limes and nuances of fresh herbs. Dry and very fine-featured, the palate is concentrated with intense flavours of gooseberries, green apples and nettle-like fruit, supported by lively, racy acidity. The mouthfeel is smooth and refined, contributing to the pure line, leading to a sustained finish. This is a classical SB with purity and racy cut, and will match seafood, vegetables and creamy sauced poultry and pasta dishes. ««««« Stars"

- Raymond Chan

 

Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Gold medal - Sydney International Wine Competition, Highly Commended

“It's intensely aromatic on the nose displaying passionfruit, green capsicum and currant characters. The palate is lively and well fruited with bright acidity and a lingering dry finish. The wine is varietaly expressive and racy, which should appeal to Sauvignon fans. ****½ Stars, 90 points.” 

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

**** Stars, Raymond Chan

"Pale green color. Bright, explosive aromas of gooseberry and ripe citrus. Rich and pure on the attack, filled with chiseled green apple, pink grapefruit flavors, mouth filling, sharp and clean. Superb mineral finish, speaking to those stony soils and the rigor in the vines. Drink now or age for up to 3 years in a cool cellar."- WineAccess Travel Log

*** ½ Stars - Michael Cooper, Buyer Guide 2011

 

Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Silver medal - New Zealand International Wine Show

"Fresh and lifted on the nose displaying lime zest, capsicum and passionfruit characters. It's immediately appealing on the palate with its juicy mouthfeel, bright acidity and a clean crisp finish. A lovely refreshing wine.  90 Points, ****½ Stars"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"A lighter style with hints of ripe golden delicious apple, passionfruit and a restrained, crisp finish."

- Charmian Smith, The Otago Daily Times, 2009

 

        Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2008

"Ripely scented and fleshy, with good depth of tropical, sweet-fruit flavours, fresh acidity and a well-rounded finish."                          - Michael Cooper, Winestate

"An attractive nose showing passion fruit, fresh herb and stonefruit characters. It’s ripe and aromatic without being overly intense. The palate is round and textured mid range and beautifully balanced acidity. It’s well poised and balanced with a lengthy finish."

**** Stars - Wine Orbit

 

Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2007

"The nose is lifted and vibrant showing lime zest, fresh cut grass and currants with subtle mineral notes.  The palate is intense and dry with a lovely zing at the end.  A well structured wine with racy acidity."  ****½ Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit April 2008

"Has herbaceous nettle and capsicum aromas that are bright, fresh and tinged with citrus characters. A big burst of old- fashioned ripe apple flavours are a nice surprise when you taste the wine but this is quickly followed by lashings of gooseberry and fresh acidity. A hugely long mouth watering finish makes you want to drink more of this wee beauty."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail September 2007

"The Te Mānia 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, is a fresh, lively example of the genre, exuding citrus, green-apple and tropical notes to overlay the gooseberry."

- Simon Cunliffe, The Press, 27 September 2007

 

"Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2007 is more than just fruit salad bomb.   There's a nice richness and texture to the mouth filling passionfruit and kiwi overtones and the suggestion of mineral complexity, and it has a crisp, satisfying finish.**** Stars."

- Charmian Smith, The Otago Daily Times, 2007

 

Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2006

"This is a nicely rounded wine with a full mouthfeel, flavours of apples, gooseberries, lime and minerals.  Very fine acidity in a long finish makes it a smooth wine that is dangerously easy to drink."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail Dec 2006

"A citrussy aroma and a tropical fruit flavour with pineapple to the fore and stonefruit on the finish. Not so pungent but quite juicy with a clean zesty finish and a rich, juicy aftertaste. Lovely and fresh."

– Sue Courtenay

"Open and pour.  A very aromatic wine with the usual sauvignon blanc characters, minus the grassy edge.  Plenty of gooseberry but this is leavened by concentrated citrus flavours.  A fresh, clean, ripe wine ideal for a summer’s day sipper.  Don’t put it away for a rainy day."

- Kate Fraser, The Press, December 14th 2006

"Fresh and lively, with ripe tropical fruit flavours mingled with crisp, herbaceous characters.  Fractionally sweet, appetisingly crisp finish." ***½ Stars - Michael Cooper, Winestate 2007

 

Te Mānia Sauvignon Blanc 2005

"This Nelson number nudged me out of my complacency and habit.  Its got most of what you would expect from its near neighbour – the gooseberry and the citrus in particular – but there’s an extra bit of something tropical going on, too.  Most alluring, and a wine to which I will definitely return." 
- Simon Cunliffe, The Press

"Pale green/gold.  Crispy herbal aromas.  Juicy delivery, has excellent flavour and intensity introducing a palate that is simply bursting at the seams. Clean, lively, intense wine that ends with a sigh and lingering flavour stain."
- Keith Stewart, Grill Magazine

 

Te Mānia Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2004

"Tasty, true to variety style with lots of life and zing.  Five Nelson vineyards contributed to the balance of this wine.  Nicely Ready."  **** Stars - Peter Saunders, Winestate

 

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2014

A beautifully expressed medium style, the delicately perfumed bouquet shows white stone fruit, lemon/lime zest, floral and flinty characters. The palate is juicy and linear, and displays fine texture and elegant sweetness, which is brilliantly balanced by crisp acidity. It is very attractive, lively and long on the finish. At its best: now to 2022. 93 pts,««««« 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Aug 2015

 

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2013

Organic sensation. Fresh, just off dry, intense limes and crunchy red apple flavours; pronounced flavour intensity in a light body with a long, lingering finish. The 2013 Te Mania Riesling is a delicious, succulent wine, which will surprise and please all who are willing to pour a Riesling into their glasses.

- Joelle Thompson, Drinks Biz, 01 Nov 2014

A lovely combination of citrus and tropical fruit flavours are brilliantly framed by bright acidity, making this an immensely appealing riesling. It's vibrant, finely textured, backed by subtle sweetness and excellent fruit intensity.

93 pts,«««««Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2012

****½ Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2011

This has a very fine, tight, steely and delicate nose of lime fruits, apples and minerals with nuances of herbs.  Off-dry to taste, bright, lime and green apple flavours are enhanced by notes of jasmine, the fruit showing lovely purity and a very fine and cutting line through the palate.  Lacy acidity adds to the finesse and drives the flavours to a long, lingering, subtly nuanced finish.  A very tight, pure and delicate Riesling to serve as an aperitif and with Asian cuisine over the next 4-6 years.   «««« Stars - Raymond Chan

An elegantly poised Riesling showing gentle aromas of apple, lemon/lime and floral. The palate is juicy and pristine with subtle sweetness and bright acidity providing a lovely frame and a crisp finish. A lovely restrained Riesling with excellent structure, destined to develop greater intensity. ««««  Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Winemaker Steve Gill offers a delightfully dry Riesling. It has a pear-floral nose,a smooth stonefruit taste and a nicely balanced, citrus finish. Most agreeable with lightly spiced prawns.

– Brian Prebble, The Press 17 Oct 2012

      

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2010

"Bright, elegant and nicely perfumed, the bouquet displays lime, floral and a touch of chalky/mineral notes. The palate is juicy and immediately appealing with subtle sweetness and racy acidity leading to a lingering crisp finish. It's well structured and balanced, ensuring its gradual development. 91 points, ****½ Stars."  

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"This Nelson offering is surprisingly precocious for one so youthful. Expressive citrus and floral apple tones, it has a fleshy generosity draped by fresh, malleable acidity and finishes with expressive clarity of flavours and a lingering hint of sweetness. A surprisingly approachable and enjoyable encounter"

- Kent Slocombe, The Press, February 2011

"Initial sweetness with bright lime and citrus hints, intense in the mouth, with a crisp, dry finish."

- Charmian Smith, ODT, 16/02/2011

"This Nelson wine is super attractive with its freshly squeezed lime aromas and crunchy granny smith apple flavours."

- Joelle Thomson, The Press, January 2011

"Full of youthful vigour, this is an attractively scented wine with strong, ripe flavours of citrus, passionfruit and lime, punchy, slightly sweet and tangy."

**** Stars - Michael Cooper, Listener, January 2011

"Brilliant pale straw-yellow colour with a pale edge, this has a fairly full, fresh and intense bouquet of ripe citrus fruits and orange blossom.  A medium-dry, elegant wine with flavours of limes and florals that show with moderate intensity and depth.  The palate is softly textured, but balanced with lively acidity.  Attractive accessible and uncomplicated at present, this will develop honey and toasty interest over the next 3-4+ years"

***Stars - Raymond Chan

 

       Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2009

**** Stars, Top 12 NZ Riesling

- Cuisine

"Pale, bright and ideal summer drinking this easy style Riesling is just bursting with clean mandarin and lime flavours. Simple and light style, acidity balances the medium-sweet honeyed style."

- Katryn Fortescue, The Press, February 2010

"Attractive, off-dry and easy to drink, with hints of tropical fruit and citrus and a bright, zingy finish."

- Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times

 

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2008

"Slightly honeyed bouquet, leading into a very crisp and lively wine with good intensity of slightly sweet, lemony, limey flavours."

****Stars, Best of Regional New Zealand Winestate
- Michael Cooper Winestate

"Lush, ripe nose is stuffed with autumnal fruit aromas and a dash of citrus freshness. Firm and dry through the mid palate with fine flavours and a bright, flavoursome finish laced with minerals. Dry and stylish, lingering."
- Keith Stewart, True Wines

"A bargain. Harvested from mature vines in the Home Block, the 2008 vintage (**** Stars) has a slightly honeyed bouquet, leading into a very crisp and lively wine with slightly sweet (8 grams/litre of residual sugar), lemony, limey flavours, showing good intensity."

- Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to NZ wines

"A lively wine with a hint of lime and gorse flowers and honey, a bright intensity in the mouth and a dryish finish."
- Charmian Smith Otago Daily Times

"Compelling aromas of Beeswax, honeysuckle, and white peach, along with zingy minerality and juicy citrus flavours, make this wine far too drinkable. Full-flavoured, yet elegant and delicate – and superb value for money." **** Stars
- Yvonne Lorkin

"Fabulous aromatics is your initial greeting with this Nelson plains Riesling which shows ripe, refreshing flavours of lemon/tangerine citrus and sherbet, hints of tropical fruits and a fresh clean finish. Weighty and full flavoured, this is a delicious off-dry styled Riesling. A wine brimming with freshness and appeal!"
- Colin Ford, WTO

 

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2007

"Pretty kafir lime and Thai green mango nose. Good intensity of crisp, mouthwatering citrus fruit flavours and a medium body. 10 grams per litre of residual sugar. Long finish. Drink now – 2010."
- Robert Parker.com, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, 88 points

"A fresh, summery front of succulent citrus fruits over some very complimentary background minerality carries nice weight, signing off with a zesty, drying finish. Straight forward, well balanced deliciousness."
- David Stewart, Truewines 2008

"This has a muted nose at first, before revealing some attractive, waxy aromas. The palate is still subdued and demands coaxing from the glass. But good ripeness: notes of apple, pear and a touch of nectarine with that oily Riesling inflecting the finish. Very fine. Drink now." Tasted January 2008, Review by Neal Martin, Wine Advocate # 176 (Apr 2008), Rating: 88/100, RobertParker.com

"Full-bodied, with crisp, citrusy, slightly spicy, appley and gingery flavours, a hint of sweetness and satisfying depth."

- Michael Cooper, Winestate 2008

 

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2006

Gold medal - Royal New Zealand Wine Show 2007

"This is a very promising young Riesling and may turn out to be outstanding.  Lifted aromas of fresh apple, lime/lemon and mineral characters indicating little or no botrytis influence.  It’s pure Riesling.  The palate delivers excellent concentration and fine texture with gentle sweetness which is well balanced by the crisp acidity.  The length is very long and delicate.  A stunning, youthful Riesling displaying focus, precision and tightly knit structure.  At its best: end of 2007 to 2010"  Smart Buy 93 points ***** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

The Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2006 is one of the many fine examples of this varietal emerging from the region. Of all the wines under Nelson labels, Riesling seems the most effortless, and while the grape does well in most New Zealand wine centres, no single region has yet to stake a pre-eminent claim on this classical varietal. Nelson could well be the one to step up to the plate.  This particular Riesling is young and full of lime and restrained honey, with a streak of refreshing, flinty minerality – a bargain at $17.

- Simon Cunliffe, The Press, 27 September 2007

"Floral and lively, with fresh, crisp, citrus and passionfruit flavours, slight sweetness and a lengthy finish." **** Stars

- Michael Cooper, Winestate March 2007

"A fleshy, rich, beguiling mouthful remniscent of lemon meringue and grapefruit marmalade. The fruit expression and underlying acidity balance the 13gms/l residual sugar; it finishes fresh and dry."

- John Saker, Herald, 2007

"Floral notes with a suggestion of lime and lemon and the sweetness of fruit balanced by a steely dry finish, give charm and style to this wine."

- Charmian Smith, The Otago Daily Times 2007  

"An eclectic cavalcade of aromas, with apricot, a touch of ginger, tangerine and a strong, limey minerality.  Quite fruit forward initially, with succulent citrus flavours including tangerine, lime and persimmon. These develop, as a pleasing complexity becomes apparent through the mid-palate, until the dominant characteristic in the back end of the wine is its firm, limey minerallity. Enjoy on its own, or with hard cheeses and quince."

- David Stewart, True Wines 2007

Silver medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2007

 

Te Mānia Nelson Riesling 2005

"There’s some really intense chalky minerality showing through with aromas of manuka honey, oatmeal and tropical fruit.  It is layered with ripe citrus and mealy aromatics with a punchy acidic spine that gives it great length of flavour.  More please!" **** Stars

-Yvonne Lorkin, wine writer.

"Is a dry wine but is not short on flavour.  It has great lime and mineral flavours, with a nice dry acidity in the finish.  The acids are elegant rather than harsh, making a well balanced wine.  Last year was a great vintage and I think this will cellar well for two to five years."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail Oct 2006.

"Gorgeous lemon and lime zingy flavours.  Fantastically good Riesling at this price."

**** Stars - Joelle Thomson

"Good Nelson wines are about…and one such is this deliciously dry offering.  It has a pale-gold hue, an orange-peach nose and a mouth-filling lime-lemon taste.  In a word terrific."
- Brian Prebble, The Press

 

Te Mānia Riesling 2004

"Generous, slightly sweet wine with a hint of minerally characters on the nose and rich, ripe, citrusy flavours, firm and persistent." **** Stars - Cuisine

 

Te Mānia Riesling 2003

Gold medal - 2003 Bragato Wine Awards

Gold medal - 2004 Royal Easter Wine Show

"Floral, finely balanced wine in a dryish style.  Crisp, with good weight and pure, incisive lemon/lime flavour, fresh and lingering.  Fine value."

**** Stars - Cuisine

Te Mānia Nelson Gewurztraminer

Te Mānia Nelson Gewurztraminer 2012

This is one heck of an exotic, seductive sip that will have you luxuriating in lydice, fig and date deliciousness. I can’t believe this wine is so cheap for what it delivers. Beautifully balanced, spicysweet, rich, tangy and boasting lovely length of flavour, this is a fresh, crisp, satisfiing wine. 

- Yvonne Lorkin, The Star CHC, Oct 2013

A gorgeous expression of the variety displaying perfumed aromas of floral, Turkish Delight, spice and tropical fruit. The palate is full and richly textured with excellent fruit weight and nicely balanced acidity. It's long, smooth and very attractive. ***** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on edge.  This has an elegantly intense nose with concentrated aromas of rose essence and exotic florals, finely expressed.  Medium dry to taste, fine, lifted flavours of exotic florals, rose petals and notes of spices and ginger gently unfold with interest and detail.  The palate is smooth and seamless in texture, with gentle acidity and a suggestion of oiliness.  The flavours are elegant and mouthfeel is one of delicacy, with an easy flow that leads to a light, sustained finish with spice and floral nuances.  This is an elegant, detailed and fine-textured off-dry Gewurztraminer to match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4 years. 

- Raymond Chan, June 2013

Te Mānia Nelson Gewurztraminer 2011

Gold medal - Royal Easter Show 2012

The florals, the elegant fruit expression, the silky texture … this is a hedonistic wine” said Sam Kim. It doubles down on the spice and sweet fruit intensity, yet retains vitality and fresh ness. One suggested food match was slow-cooked pork elbow. ««««« Cuisine Magazine

A textbook Gewurz displaying perfumed aromas of floral, lychee, mango and subtle spice characters. The palate is saturated with ripe fruit flavours together with smooth texture and excellent fruit weight. The wine finishes long, juicy and satisfying. A lovely expression capturing the varietal purity as well as fruit concentration. 93 points ««««« Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Big, high alcohol (14.5%) Gewurztraminer in a lush yet focused style. Intense, pure Turkish delight and ginger flavours linger impressively. This is a thoroughly satisfying and strongly varietal wine with real character. «««« Stars 89 pts.  

- Bob Campbell

Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale green hues, very fine and intense aromas of rose-petal florals and nuances of garden herbs show on bouquet, with freshness and lovely purity.  Off-dry, this is a wine with excellent power, depth and concentration of rose petal and Turkish Delight fruit flavours.  Subtle spice and musk notes emerge adding interest.  The palate is rounded in texture with soft acidity and possesses an oily, mouthfilling richness.  Some alcohol warmth adds to the power and body, and while noticeable, does not detract.  This is a powerful, yet pure Gewurztraminer to match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3-4+ years.  Fruit from the ‘Marshall’ vineyard in Hope, hand-picked and WBP, fermented to 15.0% alc. and 14.0 g/L rs.  Suitable for vegans.  18.5/20  Dec 2011  «««««

- Raymond Chan

Very pale straw-yellow colour, this has a very firm, intense and penetrating bouquet  of rose-petal florals underlined by exotic spices notes.  Medium-dryish to taste, this has excellent concentration and drive on palate, the body full and packed with concentrated, tightly held fruit flavours of roses and Turkish Delight with exotic spices.  Real depth and with smooth textures, a little heat is apparent, but not intrusive.  This is still youthful. 

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Gris

        Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Gris 2012

Fleshy, Alsace-style pinot gris with a silver of sweetness, fresh acidity and rich peach, spice and slight apricot flavours, pure and strong. An elegant, tightly structured wine, it should mature well. ««««Stars

- Michael Cooper, The Listener, 10/08/2013

It's beautifully ripe on the nose showing yellow peach, mango, citrus and pear notes with a touch of mixed spice. The palate is succulent and weighty with excellent texture and intensity, leading to a lengthy, expansive finish. At its best: now to 2016. **** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Fullish straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on rim.  This has a very clear, focussed and fresh bouquet of white stonefruits and delicate floral aromas, along with honeysuckle and spices.  Off-dry to taste, finely concentrated flavours of stonefruits, honeysuckle and minerals form an elegant core and a smooth flowing mouthfeel.  The fruit shows some succulence and richness and soft acidity combines with a fine textured line to provide a rounded palate line.  A little alcohol warmth and power emerges and carries the flavours to a long, dry finish.  This is a clean, subtly rich, dry Pinot Gris with smooth textures.  Serve with antipasto and first courses over the next 3+ years.

**** Stars - Raymond Chan

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Gris 2011

Pure Silver medal - 2011 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

The fruit characters are beautifully expressed in this appealing Pinot Gris, displaying gentle aromas of pear, ripe citrus and stone fruits. The succulent palate shows a hint of sweetness which is well countered by the bright acidity, leaving the palate refreshed and mouth-watering. 87 points,**** Stars

Sam Kim - Wine Orbit

Bright, pale straw-yellow, clear on rim, the nose has finely presented, intense aromas of spicy pears with perfumed florals and hints of minerals.  Off-dry to taste, this has attractively pure flavours of white stonefruits and florals, along with balanced, refreshing acidity which provides excellent focus and poise.  Subtle richness and a smooth texture enhances the depth of fruit which leads to a honied finish with good length. **** Stars

- Raymond Chan

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Gris 2010

"Silken-textured wine with ripe apple and pear flavours together with a hint of spice and some bready yeast-lee character. Satisfyingly smooth and sleek, with good varietal flavours.

89 points,**** Stars"

- Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, 1/11/2011

"For those wanting a pinot gris with some backbone and expressive fruit.Concentrated flavours with lots of pear, baked apple and spice.  A lovely silky texture with a mouth watering finish. Good price, great value."

- John Hawkesby, Canvas Weekend Herald July 2011

"Exotic aromas float from the glass while a mouth-filling texture wraps your palate in pleasure. Uncork alongside curried dishes for a taste sensation."

- Leslie Brocco, www.ThirstyGirl.com

Top Nelson wine “First 15” Rugby World Cup challenge

"Silken-textured wine with ripe apple and pear flavours together with a hint of spice and some bready yeast lees character. Satisfyingly smooth and sleek Pinot Gris with good varietal flavours.**** Stars, 87 pts" - Bob Campbell

"It's fragrant and enticing on the nose displaying pineapple, pear and floral characters. The palate is beautifully ripe and juicy with subtle sweetness (7.5 g/l) and a refreshing mouthfeel. The wine is immediately appealing and offers great drinking. At its best: now to 2013.**** Stars, 88 pts" - Sam Kim 2011

"Full-bodied, with fresh, ripe citrus, lychee and spice flavours.  Softly textured, with pure, clearly defined varietal characters, a touch of sweetness and good length.***½ Stars"

- Michael Cooper, Winestate 2011 

"Cool-fermented to 14.4% alc. and 7.5 g/L rs, this has a brilliant straw-yellow colour with some green hues, and a full nose of ripe pears lifted with florals, apricots and exotic perfumes.  Off-dry to taste, a little alcohol is noticeable, but the focussed, purity of the ripe pear fruit flavours is the feature of the palate.  The wine is still tight and the flavours taper to a dry, minerally finish.  Good acidity and delicate nuances suggest this will open up over the next 2-4 years.  Drink with antipasto and mildly spicy foods.

17.0+/20  Mar 2011**** Stars" - Raymond Chan

      

       Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Gris 2009   Blue Gold medal - Sydney International Wine Competition        Silver medal - Royal New Zealand Show  

**** Star, Top 12 NZ Pinot Gris

- Cuisine

  

"Fresh and ripe, this youthful wine displays peach, pear and floral characters on the nose. The palate is juicy and appealing showing just a touch of sweetness (7 g/l), smooth texture and well balanced acidity providing a lovely refreshing mouthfeel. A friendly and pleasant wine with plenty of mouth-pleasing flavours." ****Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

       

"Aromatic, with mouthfilling body, a slightly oily texture and dryish stonefruit, pear and spice flavours, showing very good depth." Recommended Winestate

- Michael Cooper

“Lovely wine. Quite delicate but with plenty to keep the interest going right to the last drop. A reasonably dry wine with spicy apples and pears and a nice nutty finish. The mouthfeel has a luscious silken texture with good length.”

- Graham Stringer, The Press, Feb 2011

 

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Gris 2008

Gold medal - New Zealand International Wine Show

"Mouthfilling and full bodied with pear, apple, mandarin and a touch of dryness on the lingering finish."
- NZIWS Judges

"A tiny cropping of less than 5 tonnes per hectare, grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented at cool temperatures. The nose is gentle yet shows beautifully ripe peach and apricot characters with elegant floral notes. It’s lush and richly textured on the palate with opulent mouthfeel, a touch of sweetness (5.1 g/l) and well integrated acidity. It’s silky smooth and sumptuous."

****½ Stars - Wine Orbit

"Fragrant floral honeysuckle aromas mixed with tangelo and apple notes. Delicious citrus, rock melon and pear with caramelised apple flavours. Hints of Turkish delight and rose petals. A smooth long lingering finish."
- Tiz Wine

The recent popularity of pinot gris has been simply phenomenal. The supple, easygoing nature of this wine makes it so popular with many consumers. There are some richly textured and beautifully fragrant examples made in Nelson. Te Mānia produce some of the best pinot gris in the country.

An inviting nose displaying ripe stonefruit and floral characters. It’s juicy and rounded on the palate with smooth texture and subtle sweetness.

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

 

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Gris 2007

"Just when pinot gris is starting to get boring, along comes one that makes you sit up and take notice. This Nelson wine is elegant and refined (adjectives not always applicable to pinot gris), with pure, concentrated, harmonious flavour and a supple, soft mouth fell. Delicious."
- Karl du Fresne, Sunday Star Times, Nov 2007

"Light, consistent straw. Light, pretty aromas of almonds and cherry blossoms, with a hint of baked apple. After the interesting floral front, a subtle, delicate wine emerges, tasting of dried pears and apples over a secondary wave of flavours including apricot, pineapple and lemon. These initially understated flavours prove surprisingly tenacious, and the wine finishes strongly. Subtly delightful."
- David Stewart, Truewines 2008

"Te Mānia is not a winery that's on everybody's lips, but this is a pinot gris that probably should be. A very smart and palatable example of the variety made from hand-picked fruit off the Waimea Plain. Smooth and rich, with plenty of pears and spice."
- Warren Barton, Dominion 2008.

Selected Best of the Best Wine Guide
- Peter Saunders 2008



Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Gris 2006


"Has a wonderful honeysuckle aroma with bright citrus flavours upfront that are rounded out with lovely ripe acidity and elegant minerality. This wine is a beautifully balanced wine."
- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail September 2007.


"Wow, Pinot Gris with loads of flavours. A very attractive nose displaying ripe apricot, pear and floral notes. It’s full and rounded with elegance and finesse showing lovely silky texture and soft acidity. A touch of sweetness (7.3 g/l) makes it all go down nicely. It’s delectable and very drinkable now." 90 points****½ Stars
- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Light, pretty aromas of almonds and cherry blossoms, with a hint of baked apple. After the interesting floral front, a subtle, delicate wine emerges, tasting of dried pears and apples over a secondary wave of flavours including apricot, pineapple and lemon. These initially understated flavours prove surprisingly tenacious, and the wine finishes strongly. Subtly delightful."
- David Stewart. True Wines 2007.

Te Mānia Nelson Chardonnay

Te Mānia Nelson Chardonnay 2015

 

It is elegantly expressed on the nose displaying white nectarine, rockmelon, mandarin and vanilla characters, leading to a succulent palate that is beautifully ripe and rounded. The wine shows lovely fruit purity combined with subtle infusion of stylish oak. At its best: now to 2019.

90 points, ««««½  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2016

 

Te Mānia Nelson Chardonnay 2010

Gold medal - New World Wine Awards

Ripe and opulent, the bouquet shows complex aromas of yellow peach, mango, citrus and subtle nutty characters. It’s full and generously flavoured on the palate with creamy texture and a lengthy finish. A great drinking chardonnay with plenty of attractive flavours. At its best

now to 2015. «««« ½ Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Aug 2012

 

Te Mānia Nelson Chardonnay 2009

Silver medal - Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Highly Commended

Silver medal - Royal Easter Show

"It's ripe and aromatic on the nose displaying peach, citrus and subtle creamy oak characters. The palate is lively and refreshing with smooth texture and nicely pitched acidity."

**** Stars- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Light, dry Chardonnay in an attractive varietal style with added complexity from subtle nutty oak. Good wine that offers value at this price."

- Bob Campbell

"A big creamy mouthful of soft buttery stonefruit and grapefruit announces this is a chardonnay of the golden summer style. The oak is a gentle background spice. It’s how chardonnays used to be made before they started making them all mineral and austere and European. Peaches and cream from Nelson, right in the glass."

-Ewan Sargent, The Press

"Made from four clones of Chardonnay fruit from three sites on the Waimea Plains cool-fermented to 13.8% alc. and given some oak contact.  Very pale straw-yellow in colour with some green hues, this has a light nose with Chablis-like chalky, flinty, white stonefruit aromas.  Dry, clean and crisp on palate, there is richness to the white stonefruit, citrus and melon flavours, which show a little oak and mealy backing.  The acidity is keen and provides good line, the mouthfeel with a little grip on the finish.  A wine to enjoy with seafood and poultry dishes over the next 2-3+ years.  17.0-/20  Mar 2011**** Stars" -Raymond Chan

"Easy-drinking style with strong, ripe, peachy flavours, a gentle oak influence and a well-rounded finish. ***½ Stars" - Michael Cooper Winestate 2011

"Made in a ‘fruit driven’ style (meaning not oaky), this fresh, citrusy wine is full-bodied, with grapefruit-like flavours, slightly toasty and buttery, good depth and a creamy-smooth finish. ***½ Stars" - Michael Cooper, Listener, June 11, 2011

Te Mānia Nelson Chardonnay 2008

"A light dry wine with a hint of zesty pineapple and white peach and a crisp, juicy finish.  Best Value Under $20."

- Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times.

"Opulent and ripe on the nose showing spicy oak, tropical fruit and creamy characters. The palate is full and richly textured with balanced acidity and a broad, generous mouthfeel. The wine is full-flavoured and shows plenty of appeal.**** Stars"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

   

"Plenty of weight and flavour in this moderately oaky wine. White peach and citrus fruit with nutty yeast characters. A strongly varietal wine with good mouth feel."

- Bob Campbell

Te Mānia Nelson Chardonnay 2007

"A lively, lightish front with a mildly buttery texture, developing clean stone-fruit, honey and pineapple flavours through the mid palate. Well balanced and very approachable, this presents a straight forward, attractive range of flavours and holds its shape well into the tail."

- David Stewart, True Wines 2008

"A smooth texture and good mouth feel. The flavours are nicely integrated with some attractive grapefruit and hazelnut characters. Good value at this price. **** Stars"

- Bob Campbell

 

Te Mānia Nelson Chardonnay 2006

"The first vineyard to be established in the Waimea plains (1990), Te Mānia has been proven as a consistently top quality producer.  They say Nelson city is the sunniest spot in the country.  They may be right because this wine is bottled sunshine.  Gorgeous ripe peaches and apricots with a gentle oak influence and a touch of creamy notes on the nose.  It’s equally appealing on the palate showing vibrant, succulent fruity flavours and a smooth texture.  Just delicious."       88 points **** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

 

"Te Mānia 2006 Nelson Chardonnay is a classic. It is ripe and creamy with the aromas dominated by peach and nectarine characters but livened up by a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is nice and weighty, again dominated by peach and nectarine flavours but delightfully balanced by just the right amount of acidity and a light touch of oak. This is a super wine and exceptional value."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail September 2007

"A heady combination of shortbread, pink grapefruit and roasting seasame seeds.  Lots of confident, expressive, almost agressive fruit tempered by a soft, silky texture. Grapefruit is the most prominent flavour, with a secondary range including shortbread, a touch of sweet rosemary and nectarine. Best enjoyed with some tasty bird, like duck."

- David Stewart, True Wines

 

Te Mānia Nelson Chardonnay 2005

"Tidy Nelson Chardonnay, showing some youthful acidity but already a decent food-style which speaks well of grape and region. Lots of life ahead."  **** Stars

- Peter Saunders, Winestate Aug 06

The 1st equal highest scoring Chardonnay in the under $25 section of our judging. Te Mānia ('The Plains') is a small family run vineyard in Nelson. The wine is an appealing, aromatic, fruity Chardonnay, showing ripe stone fruit, mealy notes and cedary oak, with a clean fresh palate.  Scenic Cellars tasting of 158 Chardonnays 09/06

Silver medal - Royal Easter Wine awards 2005

"Tidy Nelson Chardonnay, showing some youthful acidity but already a decent food-style which speaks well of grape and region. Lots of life ahead."  **** Stars
- Peter Saunders, Winestate Aug 06

 

Te Mānia Chardonnay 2003

 **** Stars Winestate Magazine and rated Best Buy by TizWine.com 2003.

 

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir Rose

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2015

It is instantly appealing on the nose displaying floral, stone fruit and citrus characters with a touch of red cherry. The palate shows juicy mouthfeel and excellent fruit intensity, nicely framed by bright acidity. It is refreshing and friendly. ««««½ Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Oct 2015

 

Super cool, super refreshing and super quenching with the slightest tickle of spritz to the texture, and flavours of strawberry, rhubarb, earlyseason summer plums and a touch of earthy savouriness a foil to the fruit sweetness; this tasty watermelonhued tipple is a treat.

- Sue Courtney, Urban and Country Waikato, Mar 2016

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2012

Seeking the perfect taste of summer.

Deep salmon pink with a confected strawberry aroma laced with some savoury notes.

Unctuous and fruity with tingly acids, this wine`s crisp, slightly herbaceous edge mid-palate is enjoyable and the dry, fruity and moreish finish makes this wine easy to drink.

- Peter Morice & Deborah Walton-Derry, Timaru Herald, 18/12/2012

A delightful rose, the bouquet is pristine and fragant with floral,

red cherry and subtle stone fruit notes. It's juicy and lively on the palate with excellent fruit intensity, finishing long and refreshing.

At its best: now to 2014. ««««½ Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Oct 2012

Bright, light pink colour with faint purple hues on rim.  The nose is tight with fresh, penetrating aromas of strawberries and cherries along with gentle confectionary elements and an attractive floral lift.  Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, gentle flavours of red florals, strawberries and cherry confectionary are expressed stylishly and with delicate restraint.  Fresh, slippery acidity underlines the fruit, enhancing the sweetness and providing a smooth mouthfeel.  The fruit fades softly to a light, floral finish with a little sweetness.  This is a light, attractive, off-dry rosé with a refreshing smoothness.  Serve as an aperitif and with tapas over the next 2 years.

 - Raymond Chan

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2011

"Bright, vivid, light pink colour with some youthful, purple hues.  The bouquet shows intense cherry and raspberry syrup fruit aromas along with confectionary notes, quite fresh and steely with nuances of garden herbs.  Dry and medium-bodied, this is solidly fruity with plenty of juicy raspberry and cherry flavours forming a good dense core.  The acidity is restrained resulting in soft textures and a smooth, mellow mouthfeel, which allows the fruitiness to feature.  This is youthful and quite primary.  A bright and up-front, juicy wine to match antipasto, tapas and dim sums.**** Stars"

- Raymond Chan

"For decades I thought that I was the only person looking for rosé wines and there were few choices. Fortunately, over the past few years the rosé style has been increasingly produced and found willing consumers other than myself. Be drawn in by the attractive strawberry pink colour, the summer blend of floral and strawberry aromas and flavours, the beautifully round and creamy textures on the palate and, while it sounds to be almost a confectionary, it does have a balancing acidity and a dry finish. This vegan-friendly wine from a great producer will not disappoint."

- Kent Slocombe, The Press

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2010

Awarded a Bronze Medal at the Royal Easter Show

"Pale, orange/pink wine with gentle cherry flavours that show a subtle floral influence. Charming wine in a dry-ish style. Good food wine."

- Bob Campbell

"Bright pink, with mouth-filling body and fresh, finely balanced strawberry and spice flavours, crisp, lively, dryish and strong."  Recommended Winestate

- Michael Cooper

"Gentle aromas of red cherry, strawberry and floral lead to a nicely fruited and smooth palate with a touch of sweetness and well balanced acidity. An enjoyable, refreshing rosé."

***½ Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Pale, orange/pink wine with gentle cherry flavours that show a subtle floral influence. Charming wine in a dry-ish style. Good food wine."

- Bob Campbell

       

"Bright pink with hints of redcurrants and toasted nuts, a savoury undertone and a textural finish. Good with food. Four stars (out of five) Good value. **** Stars" 

- Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times

 

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2009

"Bright pink, with mouth-filling body and fresh, finely balanced strawberry and spice flavours, crisp, lively, dryish and strong."  Recommended Winestate

- Michael Cooper

 

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir 2014

This is youthful yet beautifully integrated and complex, displaying rich fruit intensity and silky texture, nicely enhanced by dark cherry, plum and mixed spice characters. The wine shows excellent fruit purity as well as subtle cedar and mushroom complexity. At its best: now to 2019.

««««½ Stars -  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Aug 2015

This is a bright, juicy, up-front Pinot noir with raspberry and cherry flavours carried by a fine line. «««« Stars - Raymond Chan, Dec 2015

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir 2012

Double Gold medal - Sakura Wine Awards, Japan

A bright-smelling pinot with cherry and foresty bracken on offer plus some sweet, dark herbs and spices. The palate has svelte, succulent cherry flavour amid fine tannins and a clean nutty, fresh finish. - 90 points, James Suckling.com 2014

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir 2010

Jon and Cheryl Harrey are the quiet couple behind this exciting Nelson wine which offers massive value and silky X factor. TOP NZ Pinot Noir - Joelle Thomson, The Dominion Post, 06/04/2013

Challenging the notion that the best reds come only from up north or down south, this pinot noir is a cheerleader for the Tasman Bay area. Vineyard owners Jon and Cheryl Harrey and winemaker Steve Gill have excelled themselves. We loved it. Ruby red in colour, the wine delivers plenty of red berry and spice flavours. It is exceptionally full-bodied, with great length: it’s smooth, with no tannins. Superb with summer BBQ fare, pasta and cheeses.

- David Killick, The Press 12/12/2012

  

This vegetarian wine is garnet with flashes of red and terracotta. The aroma has some delightful spicy nutmeg, wood and herbal notes, combined with plums, old barrel notes and a dollop of mocha. The palate is crisp with some spicy fruit and very dark toasty notes, which are quite dominant. It is an unusual example on several fronts. Peter felt the wine was rich and layered and commented on some appealing allspice notes. There was plenty of length to the palate, some leafy bitterness towards the finish, which I found a little distracting from the mid-palate richness, and the aftertaste had staying power.

- Peter Morice & Deborah Walton-Derry, Timaru Herald 20/11/2012

Even ruby-red colour with light garnet hues on rim.  This has a soft and gentle nose of red berry fruits, strawberries and cherries, along with nuts, cedary spices and a hint of milk chocolate.   Medium-full bodied, this is well-weighted with density and mouthfeel.  The fruit is a little shy, with flavours of dark red berries and cherries, framed by fine, grainy tannin extraction through the palate.  The acidity is balanced and the wine has vitality.  Oak spices emerge and combine with the red fruits on a soft, moderately sustained finish.  This is a full and textured Pinot Noir with restrained spiced red fruits and good balance. 

Serve with Asian cuisine over the next 4-5 years.

- Raymond Chan, Oct 2012

It’s beautifully fruited and savory at the same time showing ripe cherry and floral characters, as well as game and spice complexity on the nose. The palate is smooth and nicely rounded, finishing gently dry. A satisfying Pinot with a lovely supple, silky mouthfeel. At its best now to 2014. ««««  Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Apr 2012

 

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir 2009

88 points Wines & Spirit USA 2011 - Best Buy & Top 16 NZ Pinot

"Warm and inviting on the nose, this Pinot shows lovely fruit intensity with gentle savoury complexity, displaying red/black cherry, spice, mushroom and subtle game characters. The palate is ripe and soothing with silky texture and supple tannins. A lovely medium-bodied Pinot showing layers of appealing flavours.****½ Stars , 90 points"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"From its enticing ruby hue to a lingering currant-chocolate finish, this Nelson pinot oozes class.  It has a cherry-plum nose and a distinctive plum taste, backed  by berry notes and a hint of spice.  This smooth , nicely  balanced wine was a good match with roast lamb."

- Brian Prebble,  The Press

"It’s a juicy, generously flavoursome pinot noir with its delicate floral and spicy sweet cherry aromas and accessible price."

- Joelle Thomson

"Palish bright red.  Strawberry, raspberry, spices and sexy earth tones on the nose, plus a whiff of smoky minerality.  Juicy and sappy in the mouth, with lovely spicy lift to the cherry and raspberry fruit.  Finishes with slightly dry tannins and subtle persistence. 89 points"

 - Stephen Tanzer's, International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct '11

"Slightly herbal, but spicy, savoury and full-flavoured, with good balance and weight."

- Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine

"Even, purple hued ruby-red in colour, this has an elegantly proportioned nose with strawberries and red berry fruits, along with nuances of herbs, lifted with some good floral perfumes.  Medium-full bodied at 13.8% alc., the palate has fresh, focussed soft-red fruit flavours, bright and vibrant and quite up-front in expression.  The tannins are soft and supple, allowing immediate drinkability.  Drink this over the next 3-4 years with mild Asian cuisine.  Made from a range of clones from three sites in the Nelson region and fermented with wild yeasts, then aged in French and American oak.  Suitable for vegan consumption."

- Raymond Chan, Mar 2011.

"Soft, gentle, charming wine with delicate cherry and plum flavours and a smooth texture. An attractive easy-drinking Pinot Noir that's deliciously accessible now."

- Bob Campbell 2011

 

       Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir 2008

Silver medal - Royal Easter Show

88 Point Wine Spectator

"Weighty, rounded wine with impressive mouthfeel and moderately intense plum, floral/violet and red cherry flavours."

- Bob Campbell M.W.

"This wine displays distinctly varietal characters of cherries and leather, with underlying earthy, savoury flavours. Vibrant fruit melds with integrated oak and delivers a long, complex finish. An inviting, satisfying wine and fantastic value!"- Colin Ford, WTO

"This is a great value pinot....Lovely, sweet, baked strawberry that is spicy, medicinal and smooth.**** Stars " - Yvonne Lorkin

 

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir 2007

"Rich and complex, the nose displays dark cherry, spice and savoury mushroom characters. The palate is gently fruity and finely textured with bright acidity and gently drying tannins. A sturdy and well str uctured Pinot showing layers of flavours. **** Stars, 86 points"

- Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 7 2010

"There’s nothing plain about this light, bright, fresh and appealing wine. Raspberries and cherries combine with spices, herbs and savoury smoky bacon fat notes to make a well balanced and very drinkable wine."
- Graham Stringer, The Press November 2008

"A rich, savoury, quite fruity front with plum and some forest floor characteristics, developing fair complexity through the middle as dark chocolate, blackberry, spicy oak and sour cherry notes become apparent. Finishes strong and dry. A great partner for barbequed lamb cutlets."

- David Stewart, Truewines 2008

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir 2006

"The Te Mānia Pinot Noir 2006 is indeed made from beautiful ripe fruit, which gave this wine a soft sensual character. Beautifully made to express his fruit intensity of strawberries and cherries on the nose and on the palate. Light toast. The mouth feel is very alive and juicy, with well balanced acidity, spiciness, light footed and deliciously sensual. A beautiful Pinot Noir."

- Perswijn, Netherlands, 26th May 2008

"Te Mānia 2006 Nelson Pinot Noir is fantastic value at less than $20. In fact it proves you don’t need to a pay a fortune to get good pinot. Intense dark cherry, spicy oak and a touch of toast and smoky bacon characters in the aromas are a hint of the taste experience awaiting you. Soft fruit flavours with complexity added by savoury spiced cherry tones and very fine tannins make this a wine that will be perfect with lamb on the barbecue this summer."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail September 2007

 

Te Mānia 2006 Nelson Pinot Noir ~ Subtle sophisticate

"If I hadn’t looked at the label I would swear this wine was European: it’s light but well rounded, not in-your-face and overpowering. I’d call it subtle and sophisticated. A cherry-red colour, it’s full of berry flavours and there’s no hint of tannin. I can’t help feel it would improve and develop more complexity with age."

- David Killick, The Press 11 Oct 2007

 

"A bright, appealing Pinot Noir showing ripe, dark berries with sweet herbs.  The palate is juicy with a ripe, fruit texture which is nicely balanced by the crisp acidity.  Fine tannins at the finish leave the palate clean and dry.  An attractive and approachable wine with a wide appeal."

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

 

Te Mānia Nelson Pinot Noir 2005

"A very appealing style of Pinot Noir displaying dark cherries and plums with gentle smoky oak; there’s a dash of spice too.  The generous palate and fruit characters really express the purity of the variety so well.  Good acidity and tannins provide excellent structure and balance to the wine, and lead to a classic firm finish.  The price is amazingly good." Smart Buy **** ½ Stars.

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Nelson is an underrated wine region; but then it has a higher purpose in life, as the gateway to some of the most spectacular trout fishing on the planet. If there is  single person in Australia that I have not yet bored senseless with the photos of my everso big trout then fear not, I’ll get to you. Meanwhile, this local pinot, full of alluring spices, black cherries and integrating oak, shows how good the wines are. But the trout…"

Stuart Gregor -  Don’t buy wine without me **** ½ Stars

Savoury, earthy, dense aromas of funky wild yeasts, earth and hints of leather lead into a deep, earthy, savoury palate full of herbs, mushrooms, crisp red and fleshy black cherry fruit that combine together in such a way to make an intriguing wine with depth and character. I like the way it opens up in a big glass to become rich, savoury and creamy with an underlying herbal fascination and a flourish of spice. A sleeping giant.

– Sue Courtenay

"Savoury well structured 2005 pinot noir."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail Dec 2006

**** ½ Stars Winestate 2007

Best value - Te Mānia 2005.  "You don't have to pay the earth to enjoy a top NZ Pinot Noir.  Te Mānia has become a consistent maker of top wines at good prices.  Its Reserve PN is well worth the extra $10 price tag."

- Best wines for 2007, Bob Campbell

- Gourmet Traveller April 2007

Te Mānia Pinot Noir 2004

"Flavour-some and ready.  Some attractive dry herbs and cherry tones add to the fruit; a lighter bodied style developing a nice savoury influence."
- Peter Saunders, Winestate

Te Mānia Pinot Noir 2003

"Medium weight / style pinot but the flavours are a good expression of classic pinot noir flavours.  Spicy cherry fruit flavours with nice earthy tones and a soft tannin finish make for great drinking now, and remarkably good value at this price."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail

Te Mānia Pinot Noir 2003 awarded Best Buy and Top Tip – TizWine.com June 2004 and Team Pick.

- Wine NZ Magazine

A delicious drink young style.  Ripe Cherry and plum characters, fresh, full bodied and fragrant.  2002 Pinot **** Stars

- Michael Cooper, Sunday Star Times

 

Te Mānia Three Brothers

Te Mānia Three Brothers 2013

This Bordeaux-style red shows wonderful ripeness on the nose - dark plum, blueberry and floral with a touch of cigar box aromas. The palate is succulent and fleshy with lovely fruit purity, leading to a lingering silky finish. The wine is beautifully structured by fine tannins, making it a brilliant partner to rich, flavoursome dishes.  

****½ Stars, - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Te Mānia Three Brothers 2011

A nicely expressed Bordeaux blend (merlot/malbec/cabernet franc), the bouquet shows blueberry, red plum and hints of dried herb and spice notes. It's ripe and smooth on palate with bright fruit characters, finishing elegantly dry.

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

 

       Te Mānia Three Brothers 2009

"Nicely fruited and easy-going, this Bordeaux blend (Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc) displays dark plum, spice, dried herb and subtle cedar characters on the nose. It's rounded and medium-weight on the palate showing good fruit weight and gentle tannins leading to a pleasant dry finish."

-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

 

Te Mānia Three Brothers 2008

"Pleasantly soft red with pure cherry, berry and mint flavours. Attractive, simple fruity wine in a clearly cool climate style."

- Bob Campbell M.W.

"Sweet, ripe, plummy, and spicy would describe both the aromas and the palate of this very enjoyable wine."

- Tizwine

"Te Mania Nelson Three Brothers Red 2008 Merlot, malbec and cabernet franc. A tasty style, still vibrant and with just light oak condiments."

-Peter Saunders

 

Te Mānia Three Brothers 2007

"Blended from Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, this wine shows a medium garnet colour and reveals some herbs de Provence on the nose over plums, cloves and blackberry notes. The medium bodied palate provides commendable purity of dark berry flavours and medium to high acid. Medium level of well managed, velvety tannins and medium to long finish. Drink now to 2011."
- Robert Parker.com, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, 89 points

"A combo of merlot, malbec and cabernet from sunny Nelson.  It has a crazy floral nose with wild blackberry, a spicy lush palate and has, I think, a big future ahead."

- Yvonne Lorkin 2008

"An attractive, lively shade of red with a mild purple tint.  A bright, expressive nose with juicy fruit and floral aspects: chiefly redcurrant, raspberry, yellow rose and grape essence.  With a shamelessly expressive initial impact of succulent red berry fruits."

- David Stewart, True Wines 2008

 

Te Mānia Three Brothers 2006

"Fragrant, lightly spicy, charming nose has fruit and a sensual air.  Sweet fruit impact with a tang of concentration at its heart. mid palate is bright and fruit filled, with a hint of tanginess and some lovely berryish flavour. Finish kicks in a dash of dried herbs and oak, with light tannins and more concentrated fruit. A little beauty."

- Keith Stewart, True Wines 2008

Deep in colour, a deep purple plummy red with flashes of black. Fragrantly scented, delicately floral, spicy and vinously complex on the nose then in the mouth there's a good attack of cherry and black currant fruit that is ripe and concentrated and lingers rather pleasantly long after the wine is swallowed. There's a pleasing balance of creamy vanillin cedary oak to the fruit and spice components, with a sweet earthy richness and tannins are smooth and silky. Medium to full-bodied in style, it's immediately appealing - but it gains even more complexity in the bottle over a couple of days. The Malbec asserts itself to add a luscious savoury, almost rustic depth and a velvet-edged richness. There's even hints of bitter cherry chocolate and liquorice that emerge too."

- Sue Courtenay, Wine of the Week 2008

"A rich, concentrated, juicy, tasty blend from the top of the South Island in a country where Hawkes Bay is the capital for this style of wine."

- Sue Courtenay, Wine of the Week 2008

"Taste of Summer - An interesting berry fruit, pungent aroma is followed by a long , luscious fruity palate with good concentration and enough tannin to give a statisfying finish. This is a great summer wine which will stand up to any meat or vegetarian dishes offered it."

- Chris Donaldson, The Press 2008

"A blend of Merlot (41%), Malbec (35%) and Cabernet Franc (24%), the wine has a fragrant nose showing red berries and sweet herbs.  It’s juicy and fruity on the palate with soft texture and fine grained tannins.  A smooth, easy-drinking style."

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 2007

 

Te Mānia Three Brothers 2005

"The 2005 version is another wine that is so well-balanced it is easy to enjoy more than one glass."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail Dec 2006

 

Te Mānia Three Brothers 2004

"Warm and user friendly...tasty and alive wine, best with food."   ***½ Stars
- Peter Saunders, Winestate

Silver medal at the Bragato Wine Awards and by Bob Campbell

Top Tip & Best Buy by TizWine.com who commented… "Savoury and earthy on the nose, sweet-fruited and moderately rich on the palate, this is nice wine.  We particularly liked the balance of fruit and tannin and the smooth texture."

Warron Barton writing in the Dominion Post loved it too… "A spicy, black fruited, rustic blend of merlot, malbec and cabernet franc from a Nelson producer whose wines are well worth seeking out.  You should buy a few bottles or a case at this price." 

 

Te Mānia Nelson Syrah

Te Mānia Syrah 2011

"Youthful and fragant, the bouquet shows dark plum, blueberry, game and subtle cedar notes. It's succulent and rounded on the palate with excellent fruit intensity and plenty of polished tannins, finishing long and delicious. Well harmonised and looking promising. At its best 2013 to 2017. ««««½ Stars"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Full, deep, purple-hued dark ruby colour, youthful in appearance. Soft, intense blackberry and boysenberry fruit aromas intermingle with white and black pepper and dark herb notes. The nose is deep and concentrated and up-front. Medium-bodied, sweet and lush dark berry fruit, pepper, dark herbs and violetty florals are packed with depth on the palate. Soft tannins support the fruit, and along with restrained acidity provide a smooth mouthfeel and gentle textural flow to a moderately sustained finish featuring black berry fruits, dark plums with bitter chocolate and liquorice nuances. This is an up-front and straightforward, sufficiently ripened Syrah with black fruit and peppery flavours and a soft, smoothly textured palate. Match with barbecued and roasted, herb-infused red meat dishes over the next 4+ years.**** Stars" - Raymond Chan

 

Te Mānia Syrah 2010

"Pure and fragrant, this youthful Syrah displays red/dark plum, floral, blueberry and a hint of dried herb notes on the nose. The palate is beautifully ripe and fleshy with silky texture and plenty of supple tannins. Approachable and tasty already but will develop lovely savoury complexity in time. **** ½ Stars 90 pts"

- Sam Kim

"This full-coloured, full-bodied Nelson red offers strong plum and black pepper flavours, with hints of dark chocolate and spices. Still youthful, it is firm, savoury and complex, showing obvious potential

**** Stars"

- Michael Cooper, The Listener 22/10/2011     

Bright, deep, purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose has very intense, driven aromatics of black fruits, spices and white pepper, showing cool-climate fruit expression. Vanilla-like oak and some reductive elements also show. Tightly bound and concentrated, this is a firmly constructed wine, the fine-grained tannins providing grip and drying mouthfeel to the black berry fruit and white pepper flavours. There is good freshness and tension from the acidity, and the wine will benefit from another 12+ months in bottle. Match with hearty, slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Made from fruit undergoing conversion to Biogro organic certification. Fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in new and seasoned American oak barrels.

       - Raymond Chan, Jul 2011

"Aromas of berry, spice and herbs. On the palate, I found this medium bodied wine to have those same dark berry notes supported by exotic spice and fine tannins, leading to a long finish. It is an easy drinking wine that is drinking well now and will go well with spicy meat dishes like pepper steak or carne asada."

- Stephen Clark

 

Te Mānia Syrah 2009

"Raspberries and well-toasted wood aromas intermingle with a light earthiness. While generously dense and mouth filling, its tannins are fine grained and velvety. The palate is long and soft, with no rough edges. One of the best Nelson Syrah I have tasted."

- Chris Donaldson, The Press

"This is at a youthful stage, displaying primary fruit flavours of red/dark plum, floral and spice. The palate is well fruited and juicy with silky texture and supple tannins. A wine with potential."

    - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Attractive, supple wine with red berry, floral/violet and white pepper flavours."

- Bob Campbell MW

 

Te Mānia Syrah 2008

"There are hints of pepper all the way through this wine. These are joined in the palate by lovely ripe fruit concentration with spicy nuances and silky tannins." **** Stars - Tizwine

 

Te Mānia Syrah 2007

"It has a ripe, juicy nose and a palate full of sweet plums and blackberries. Clean, fresh and very floral it is a little different and fun. Try it."**** Stars - Tizwine

 

Te Mānia Nelson Syrah 2006

"A fragrant nose displaying ripe cherries, sweet herbs and spices with nicely integrated oak.  The palate is fresh and vibrant showing a succulent mid-palate, refreshing acidity and fine-grained tannins.  This is a very attractive young Syrah.  At its best: now to 2010. 

90 / ****½ Stars"- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 2007

"You don't realise the benefits of breathing until you stop, but in this case giving the wine time to draw a few deep breaths can give it a life of its own. Don't expect the glass of juice and jam often found in lower-priced South Australian shiraz but rather a deftly handled wine that takes a little time to open up and caress you with silky tannins. A lightness of touch develops to a pleasant concentration of rounded flavour."

- Kent Slocombe, The Press, 2008

 

Te Mānia Nelson Ice Riesling

Te Mānia Nelson Ice Riesling 2012

This is an intensely lime-laden sweet treat with apple strudel flavours bursting through shoulders with yellow plums, honey and kumquat characters.

I really like the natural acidity in this wine too – it keeps the sweetness at a refreshing  rather than a cloying level. Try a small glass with fresh-baked gingerbread and icecream – dangerously good.

- Yvonne Lorkin, Hawkes Bay Weekend, 02/03/2013

Immensely appealing, this elegantly sweet wine shows lifted aromas of yellow peach, mango, marmalade and floral characters. The palate is succulent and sweet with lovely fruit intensity and bright acidity providing a refreshing finish. Well balanced and very easy on the palate. At its best: now to 2016. «««« ½ Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Dec 2012

  

Bright straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. The bouquet is very fine and intensely concentrated with exotic jasmine, floral and talc aromas, along with a confectionary lift. Very sweet, softly rich and weighty flavours of exotic tropical fruits are interwoven with jasmine, spices, perfumes, talc and honied characters forming a deep and concentrated core. This is rich and succulent, near-unctuous in texture, but well-driven with a little alcohol power noticeable. The acidity is balanced and adds to the linearity, and the wine flows to a long and packed finish with florals, honey and perfume. This is a rich, succulent dessert wine with exotic perfumes and honied flavours. Match with most baked and fruit desserts over the next 3-4+ years. «««« Stars

- Raymond Chan, Oct 2012

 

Te Mānia Nelson Ice Riesling 2011

"Vibrant and perfumed, the nose displays marmalade, floral and tropical fruit characters. The palate is succulent and nicely sweet with lovely intensity and bright acidity leading to a beautifully fine, crisp finish. An immediately attractive sweet wine made from Riesling, this combines lively fruit intensity together with rich complexity.««««½ Stars, 90 points"

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Lively, freeze-concentrated riesling with fresh, sweet, appley, slightly spicy aromas and flavours" - Michael Cooper, Winestate

"Flavours of white florals, citrus fruits and honey are purely expressed, but still tightly bound.  The richness and concentration are balanced by crisp, fine acidity, and the mouthfeel is seamless, smooth and harmoniously balanced.««««Stars"

- Raymond Chan

 

Te Mānia Nelson Ice Riesling 2010

**** Stars

-Michael Cooper, Winestate. Recent Releases, July/August 2011

"Made from hand harvested Riesling, this is a vibrant and refreshing sweet wine, displaying lemon/lime, floral and a hint of flinty notes on the nose. The palate is pristine and bright with appealing sweetness (120 g/l) and crisp acidity leading to a long juicy finish. At its best: now to 2014. **** Stars , 88 pts."

- Sam Kim 2011

"This little sweetie from Nelson, created from hand-harvested Riesling grapes, has beautiful toffee apple, wild honey and deliciously sexy citrus flavours. It is rich, yet refreshingly light and has such lovely persistence of flavour it’s hard to stop at one glass."

**** Stars- Yvonne Lorkin, July 2011

"Made from Riesling grapes. Lovely slicing acidity flavours of apple and lime. sweet aromatic finish"

- John Hawkesby Radio NZ August 8th 2011

 

       Te Mānia Nelson Ice Riesling 2009


Gold medal - New Zealand International Wine Show

"Pale coloured, light, Muscat-like style with freshly squeezed lemon, honeysuckle and a grapey delicacy that grows in power."

"From hand-picked riesling grapes, freeze-concentrated in tanks. Pale, low-alcohol style (8.5%), lemony and sweet, with good sugar/acid balance and lovely lightness, delicacy and harmony. Well worth cellaring. **** Stars Best of New Releases"

- Michael Cooper

Te Mānia Nelson Ice Wine 2007

"This Nelson wine manages to be lusciously sweet with lip smacking acidity all at once.  Honey, peach and waves of ripe citrus lead to a gorgeous, tangy finish."

- Yvonne Lorkin

"The pale gold colour and unctuous sweet fruit aromas demand you taste the wine and when you do the lush flavours burst open in your mouth. Long juicy acids in the finish provide perfect balance to the perfumed citrus and soft spicy flavours. The acid balance disguises the 100 gms of residual sugar ensuring you will want more than one glass of this super wine."

- Neil Hodgson

 

"Fresh, pure Riesling, estate-grown on the Waimea Plains and freeze-concentrated.  Strong peach, apricot and slight honey flavours, simple and direct, with good balance of sweetness and acidity."

- Michael Cooper, Winestate 2008

 

"Te Mānia Nelson Ice Wine 2007 is a lively sweet wine with bright fruit hints of nuts and honey and a clean, crisp, textural finish."

- Charmain Smith, Otago Daily Times 2008

 

Te Mānia Nelson Botrytis Riesling

Te Mānia Botrytis Riesling 2004

"Rich yet not heavy, plenty of overt botrytis with the fine fruit and soul of the wine wining nicely.  A fine sweet wine with no hurry."  ***** Stars
- Peter Saunders, Winestate

       Te Mānia Botrytis Riesling 2003

       Awarded Silver at both Air New Zealand and Royal Easter Wine Awards.

"Well-priced Nelson wine with fresh, strong, citrusy flavours and good sugar/acid balance. Vibrant, concentrated and tangy. Enjoyed by all panellists."  **** Stars

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