Critical acclaim for te Pa Family Vineyards 2020 & 2021 Wines


te Pa Family Vineyards Celebrates High Scores for New Release Wines – Critical acclaim for 2020 & 2021 vintage wines –

te Pa Family Vineyards is celebrating the success of its new release flagship wine range, with its six key wine varietals all receiving glowing reviews and high scores from some of New Zealand’s leading wine critics.

Following a smaller sized, but exceptional quality vintage this year, and an exemplary, but Covid-19 lock-down restricted harvest last year, the Marlborough-based team has shared the new scores for its te Pa Wines range, saying the wines are the most consistently highly scored releases they have ever had.

te Pa’s owner and founder, Haysley MacDonald, says of the critical acclaim: “These incredible scores demonstrate the hard work, passion and drive our team puts in to produce the best wines we can, year after year. The 2020 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are world-class, and the new release 2021 white wines and Rose wines are all highly concentrated and expressive, due in part to the smaller sized harvest which meant less berries but more flavour.”

The new scores come at a time when the independently owned Maori company is going from strength to strength as a business, with multiple major deals recently signed for the UK on-premise and supermarket trade, as well as exciting new export markets developed in the last year, including Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Singapore and Germany. In recent weeks, te Pa signed its eponymous brand and its export focused Koha brand, on to the innovative USA-based online alcohol delivery app, Drizly, which sees wine delivered to most users’ doorsteps in under an hour.

In New Zealand, te Pa’s domestic success continues to flourish with distribution partner Beverage Brothers Ltd. te Pa’s Pa Road range demonstrates year-on-year growth in the supermarket sector, and newer brand Montford Estate is producing strong sales growth after being launched just two years ago.

New Zealand’s leading reviewers, Candice Chow of Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Sam Kim of Wine Orbit, and New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas, have reviewed the wines recently, and each critic’s score and rating is included below:

te Pa 2021 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: 94 Points & 5 Stars
  • Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Wine Reviews: 94 Points & 5 Stars
  • Cameron Douglas, MS: 92 Points, Premium

te Pa 2021 Pinot Gris

  • Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Wine Reviews: 93 Points & 5 Stars
  • Cameron Douglas, MS: 93 Points, Excellent
  • Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: 93 Points & 5 Stars

te Pa 2021 Pinot Noir Rose

  • Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Wine Reviews: 92 Points & 4 Stars
  • Cameron Douglas, MS: 92 Points, Premium
  • Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: 91 Points & 4 1/2 Stars

te Pa 2020 Riesling

  • Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: 94 Points & 5 Stars
  • Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Wine Reviews: 93 Points & 5 Stars
  • Cameron Douglas, MS: 93 Points, Excellent

te Pa 2020 Chardonnay

  • Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Wine Reviews: 94 Points & 5 Stars, ‘30 Chardonnays Under $30’
  • Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: 94 Points & 5 Stars
  • Cameron Douglas MS: 94 Points, Excellent

te Pa 2020 Pinot Noir

  • Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: 94 Points & 5 Stars
  • Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Wine Reviews: 93 Points & 5 Stars
  • Cameron Douglas, MS: 93 Points, Excellent

Full tasting notes, high resolution bottle shots, and reviews are available on www.tepawines.com.

Company History:

  • te Pa Family Vineyards was founded in 2011 by owner Haysley MacDonald, and will mark its 10th anniversary as a company in October 2021
  • Founder Haysley MacDonald traces his ancestry to some of the earliest Maori arrivals to Aotearoa-New Zealand some 800 years ago
  • te Pa has close to 500 hectares of vineyards planted in the Marlborough region, with its key estate vineyards in the Lower Wairau Valley and the Awatere Valley
  • The company’s wines are available in 15 countries around the world
  • The company’s grapes are grown sustainably and te Pa is a proud member of Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand
  • Since its 2019 vintage, all the company’s wines have been vegan friendly.
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