Big Sky Te Muna

Pinot Noir


This is our flagship wine, from our low vigour, low cropping vineyard.

Hand-picked, crushed into 2 tonne open fermenters, hand plunged, and judicious use of new oak in ageing. We make it to show off the delicious Te Muna fruit characters – ripe berryfruit, dark cherries and plums –set against mouth-filling savouriness, warm spice, and silky tannins. Lithe and elegant.

Colour: Dark crimson.

Bouquet: Dark cherry, blueberry, violet, clove and roasted hazelnut characters on the nose with a hint of warm mushroom.

Palate: Offering stunning fruit purity with seductive complexity, the concentrated palate displays excellent weight and depth, while remaining elegant and refined with velvety mouthfeel and polished tannins.

Food Match: Match with gamey meats, barbequed lamb, roast duck, tomato and mushroom-based dishes.

Cellaring: At its best now to 2030.

Viticulturists and winemakers: Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban.


100% Pinot Noir – 95% 15 year old 115, 5% 30 year old 10-5 clones. Certified organic.


Te Muna, Martinborough

Harvest date:

6 April to 18 April 2021.

Brix at harvest:

23 to 25 brix


5% whole bunch, remainder destemmed and lightly crushed to retain predominance of whole berries.


Wild ferment – pied-de-cuvée prepared in vineyard to capture local microflora. Warm ferment ~30C peak. 75% pressed after 21 days, 25% with extended maceration to 33 days.


11 months in French oak, 15% new. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel in spring. Lightly filtered, unfined.

Wine Analysis at bottling:

Alcohol: 13.4%
pH: 3.7
RS: <0.05g/L

wine - grape processing

Hands-on, and only as big as we can with us being involved at every step.