Big Sky Wines is the Te Muna Road Martinborough wine venture of Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban who returned to New Zealand from France in 2005 to make world class, hand-crafted wines that express their origins. Katherine studied and worked in viticulture and winemaking in New Zealand and France, doing vintages in Bordeaux. Jeremy is a fourth generation winemaker, a scion of the famous Corban family. Katherine and Jeremy are part of the fabric of the Te Muna Road district, with well-known neighbours Craggy Range, The Escarpment Vineyard, Te Hera and Julicher Estate around them.
Katherine and Jeremy took over a site established by Ian Campbell, with 1.8 ha of Sauvignon Blanc and clone 10/5 Pinot Noir planted in 1989, and 4.2 ha of clone 115 Pinot Noir planted in 1999. They have revitalised the vineyard and personally tend the vineyard. The first crops were sold as contract fruit, but from 2013, their own label ‘Big Sky’ became the main focus, taking 80% of the yield, a reversal of the past.
What The Critics Say
5 Stars Raymond Chan
Even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. This ha an elegantly proportioned and presented bouquet with bright and vibrant, rich fruit aromas of dark-red and black berried fruits, along with nuances of dark–red plums and a subtle layering of red florals, savoury dark herbs and whole bunch stalk elements. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-concentrated with a core of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits, showing sweetness and vitality. The fruit richness is balanced by moderate, supple extraction lending a fine-grained tannin structure. The mouthfeel is lively with lacy acidity, and the palate unfolds nuances of spicy oak, savoury herb and stalk detail. The structure carries the wine to a strong and positive finish with good depth, concentration and length. This is a rich, vibrant dark-red and black-fruited Pinot Noir with fine structure and complexing savoury herb notes and nuances of spicy oak. Match with wild duck and pork, and lamb and venison over the next 6-8 years. 80% clone 115 and 10% each 10/5 and Abel clones from Te Muna Road, vines 23 and 14 y.o., fermented to 13.2% alc. with 20% whole bunches, the wine on skins 24 days and aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20
Bob Campbell MW
"Bright, fresh and fruity Pinot Noir with red cherry, strawberry, plum and fresh herb flavours. The wine has a nice contrast of sweet fruit and tangy acidity."
"Jeremy Corban ( viticulturist ) brings a famous and highly respected family wine name to he and partner Katherine Jacob's excellent Martinborough Pinot Noir. From vines planted in 1999 this is one of those wines that exemplify all that is seductive about Pinot from New Zealand's first major Pinot producing region. Dry herb, savoury red fruit flavours and ultra smooth on the palate, this is a classy wine."
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