Winesellers Ltd. adds Murdoch James of Martinborough, New Zealand to its Portfolio of Family-Owned Wineries
CHICAGO, IL – May 1, 2015 – Winesellers Ltd. announced a new partnership to be the exclusive U.S. importer for family-owned Murdoch James Estate of Martinborough, New Zealand. The agreement between the Sager and Fraser families represents an expansion of the Winesellers Ltd. portfolio with one of Martinborough’s pioneering wineries.
In a small picturesque town in the South Wairarapa valley, on the North Island of New Zealand, Murdoch James Estate produces hand-crafted wines made from 100% estate-grown fruit and reflects the distinctive vineyards from which they are made.
“Our goal is to honor the old ways, using our hands and really express the beauty of the vineyards in the wine,” says Carl Fraser, Winemaker at Murdoch James. The winery was established more than 20 years ago when Roger and Jill Fraser first planted Pinot Noir on the river stone terraces of the region. Today, their collection of vineyard designated wines, including the award-winning boutique Burgundian-style Pinot Noirs; reflect the unique terroir of Martinborough – New Zealand’s premium Pinot Noir region. “We are very pleased to have formed this partnership with Murdoch James and to represent this extraordinary winery in New Zealand,” said Vice President of Winesellers Ltd. Adam Sager. “We have been searching for a super premium producer from Martinborough since my father discovered the region many years ago.” The Murdoch James Estate produces white wines with a vibrant fruit flavor and lingering mineral finish, and red wines of complexity and character, created in part by the Burgundian-style clay and limestone-rich soils of the estate.
The portfolio will consist of: 2014 Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $16), Murdoch James 2014 Martinborough Pinot Gris (SRP $17), Murdoch James 2013 Martinborough Pinot Noir (SRP $25), Murdoch James 2013 Martinborough High Block Reserve Pinot Noir (SRP $40). These premium wines have been highly awarded, some garnering 90+ scores by Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate