Martinborough Vineyard is unveiling its rare and coveted new release with an unmissable event — and we have your chance to win two tickets

As one of the first areas in the country to plant New Zealand Pinot Noir and to put it on the map globally, Martinborough offers an arguably more complex and interesting palate than its contemporaries. Martinborough Vineyard is one of the region’s most historic wineries, and an iconic producer of New Zealand Pinot Noir, with their impeccable new release — the sixth iteration of their lauded ‘Marie Zelie’ Reserve Pinot Noir, taking this mantle to new heights.

A rare and coveted fine wine carrying the hallmarks of Martinborough Vineyard’s pioneering style and impeccable reputation, Marie Zelie is a wine made only in outstanding vintages, with this 2019 vintage being only the sixth release of its kind across the past 20 years, and the first in over a decade.

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Left: Winemaker Paul Mason

The 2019 vintage is Chief Winemaker Paul Mason’s fourth Marie Zelie, within which parcels from some of New Zealand’s oldest Pinot Noir vines were carefully cultivated by Viticulturist Dave Shepherd, hand-picked, and pressed. Aged for 13 months in selected French oak barriques, the wine was bottled in July 2020 and has spent four years resting in Martinborough Vineyard’s cellar awaiting it’s anticipated release. The resulting drop is elegant, sophisticated and seamless, displaying the finest hallmarks of a great Martinborough Pinot Noir; brooding intensity, richness, and depth of flavour. It is extremely limited in volume with just five barrels selected, resulting in only 1,471 coveted bottles of the 2019 vintage.

Having already been awarded 98 Points by top US critic James Suckling, this wine will represent a strong proposition to connoisseurs considering it alongside its Burgundian counterparts.

To be among the first to try this incredible drop, secure a spot at The Hotel Britomart’s celebration of the new release on Thursday, June 20th. Join Chief Winemaker Paul Mason and wine storyteller David Nash at an intimate degustation dinner, with Marie Zelie wines matched with a five-course degustation menu, curated by The Libraries executive chef Andrew Lautenbach. Tickets are $199 per person, and bookings can be made here. Or, for your chance to win two tickets to this exclusive event, enter below.

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