Well, I hadn’t either until not too long ago and now I want to keep trying them!!
SCHUBERT WINES is the dynamic vision of Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling, graduates of the esteemed Viticulture and Oenology University of Geisenheim, Germany. Both Kai and Marion were born and raised in Germany. Kai had the experience of working for the acclaimed winemaker Erni Loosen of Dr Loosen Estate in Bernkastel. Marion grew up amongst vines around Lake Constance and worked at wineries in the Baden region, the southernmost wine region of Germany.
Kai and Marion had always dreamed of establishing their own vineyard. They travelled the world in pursuit of Pinot Noir and the intention of producing wines of uncompromising quality.
A world search for the perfect conditions, which included Europe, North and South America and Australia, brought the young winemakers to Martinborough, New Zealand. Here in the picturesque Wairarapa, they found what they were looking for. The unique blend of topography, ancient geology and climate in Martinborough captivated Kai and Marion. The boutique vineyards of the region produced premier richly flavoured, savoury, yet perfumed Pinot Noirs that were already gaining worldwide recognition at the time. In 1998 Kai and Marion purchased a small established vineyard in Martinborough as well as 40 hectares of bare land in the East Taratahi sub-region. Here they planted the variety of their dreams – Pinot Noir as well as some other varieties, all of which gained organic certification in 2013.
By European standards a fairly young vineyard, these vines have shown promise since the beginning. They have created an outstanding range of wines that are now world-renowned.
Kai and Marion have always aspired to craft wines of uncompromising quality that would stand alongside the finest in the world. As a result, Schubert Wines have been quick to capture the attention of connoisseurs and critics alike for their alluring wines of outstanding character, complexity, balance and grace.
The Pinot Noir Selection S has intense aromas of blackcurrant and cherry along with smoke and tobacco notes. Having been aged in both old and new French oak for 18 months, the Pinot Noir Selection S is a medium bodied wine with rich and elegant textures. The Sauvignon Blanc Selection S has a nose that is bursting with aromas of fresh citrus and white flowers. On the palate, the Sauvignon Blanc Selection S is zesty and lively with crisp acidity and notes of citrus, elderflower and passionfruit.
Schubert Wines are found and recognized for excellence around the world. They are currently available in 40 export markets and found on the wine lists of some of the best Restaurants including the likes of the French Laundry and Spago in California, The Dorchester Hotel in London and the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing. They have also picked up many of the worlds greatest awards along the way, and some of the higher Parker Points for example; 94 points for their 2016 vintage and 93+ for their 2013 vintage.