2013-14 International Wine Challenge awards for CWM: Large Independent Merchant of the Year UK; Regional Merchant of the Year: Eastern England; Fortified Specialist Merchant of the Year UK.
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IWC Merchant of the Year 2012

Cambridge Wine Merchants

International Wine Challenge, Wine Merchant of the Year 2012 : WINNERS!

also: Large Independent Merchant of the year UK, East of England Merchant of the year, Fortified Specialist Merchants of the Year UK

Celebrating New Zealand Pinot Noir

This September we will be celebrating New Zealand Pinot Noir, in association with New Zealand Wine and Air New Zealand.

Through cultivating Pinot Noir, New Zealand winegrowers have really shown their class and justified their rising reputation as fine wine producers. Pinot Noir now accounts for 15% of total plantings, with the main production areas in Marlborough and Central Otago on the South Island and Wairarapa on the southern tip of the North Island. 


New Zealand Pinot Noir regional overviews:

Wairarapa – Right on the southern tip of the north island, with the major sub-regions Martinborough and Gladstone. Martinborough is picturesque colonial village surrounded by vineyards with a cool, dry climate, and a soil profile similar to Burgundy. This makes Pinot Noir is the ideal red for the region: richly flavoured and warm with a savoury undercurrent whilst retaining perfumed varietal character, texture, and depth.

Marlborough – Practically a next door neighbour to Wairarapa, separated only by the Cook Strait. Right at the north of south island, Marlborough, famed for Sauvignon Blanc production, is going from strength to strength as committed growers refine both clones and sites for Pinot Noir. Displays dark cherry and plums with a red fruited spicy background, mid-weight, fine tannins. 

Central Otago – Pinot Noir is the flagship variety of Central Otago accounting for over 75% of plantings. The southernmost wine producing region in New Zealand, this is an area steeped in history. Vines were first planted here in 1864, and now mature vines have led to Central Otago's fantastic reputation. Fragrant, lush fruit underpinned bu taut structure, silky texture, and true intensity is the typical style.


New Zealand Pinot Noir vintage reports:

2015 – Very good to excellent across key regions, with Marlborough and Martinborough leading the way.

2014 – A generally good vintage across the country. Marlborough had its largest ever vintage, with quality touted as above-average.

2013 – A top vintage, producing well structured wines that should cellar well.

2012 – Consistently very good everywhere, with Central Otago leading the way.



Our Favourites:


Escarpment The Edge 2014 - £13.99



Esk Valley 2015 - £14.99

Hawksdrift 2012 - £14.99

Greywacke 2013 - £30.99

Dog Point 2013 - £29.00


Central Otago

Wanaka Road 2014 - £19.99

Two Paddocks Picnic 2013 - £22.99

Lowburn Ferry 2014 £32.95


Why not learn to taste the difference at our New Zealand wine tasting? 7.30pm, 13th September at our Cherry Hinton Road branch. More details available on the events page.


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