For many years, Larry McKenna was fuelled with the desire to craft a Pinot Noir that was purely dedicated to expressing the unique vineyard characteristics, collectively known as terroir, of the Martinborough Terraces. In 2003, treading in the historic footsteps of Burgundy where Larry developed his passion for Pinot Noir, he turned a tiny amount of grapes from his low-yielding Te Muna Road vineyard into what is now one of New Zealand’s most revered wines, Kupe.
From the outstanding 2006 vintage Larry added a further three exceptional sites that he knew offered unique qualities that would shine through the resulting wines. These are Kiwa, Te Rehua and Pahi. Together, these four wines portray the essence of the Martinborough Terraces.