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
"More concentration (and oak) than the regular label, with ripe plum and red cherry flavours together with a seasoning of spicy oak and fresh herbs."
18+/20 Raymond Chan
"Ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is refined with intense aromas of dark=red cherry and berry fruit interwoven with layers of cedary, spicy oak, nuances of dried herbs and a little volatile lift. The aromatics grow in intensity with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate features a concentrated and deep heart of dark-red cherry fruit intermixed with layers of spicy, cedary oak. The mouthfeel is smooth with very fine-textured tannin extraction and structure, and balanced, integrated acidity. The concentrated core has linearity and drive, carrying to a very long, sustained, dry, fine-textured finish of cherries, herbs and spicy oak. This is an elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with fine textures, showing red cherry fruit, dried herbs and spicy oak. Match with slow-cooked game meat and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-7 years. 80% clone 115 and 20% clone 10/5 from Te Muna Road, vines 15 and 24 y.o., hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with 20% whole bunches and mainly whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 20 months in 50% new French oak." 18.0+/20
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