Schubert Wines
Martinborough, New Zealand

Schubert Wines is a tiny, new superstar producer making hand-crafted, artisan, estate grown, Pinot Noir and Syrah. German born and trained, Kai Schubert and his wife and winemaking partner, Marion Deimling, employ traditional Burgundian winemaking methods with extreme low yields, (3/4 ton per acre), extended macerations and the exclusive use of Burgundian cooperage. Schubert's "Block B" Pinot Noir is produced form a blend of 100% Dijon clones, while the Marion's Vineyard is a blend of the Pommard, Able and non-Dijon clones. Schubert received an award for the champion New Zealand red wine for his first vintage. The singular goal at Schubert wines is to produce world-class, Pinot Noir and cool weather Syrah.

Pinot Noir "Block B" 2012

An astonishing nose of ripe blackberry, plum and blueberry, with evolving floral, coffee and sweet oaky notes. The complex palate is laced with morello cherries, plums and pure dark fruit flavors with hints of wild basil, truffles and tea leaves. Quiet dense but retaining Schubert's customary elegance, the Block B 2010 is perfectly balanced with great length and intensity on the palate and a sweet, mineral finish.

Total Production 400 cases

Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW in October 2012 for

The 2010 Pinot Noir “Block B” – 93+ Parker Points – (Highest rated NZ Pinot Noir in 2010)

The Schubert Block B Pinot Noir was matured 16 months in French oak, 50% new and reveals a medium ruby-purple color with an earthy / meaty nose over a core of dark berries, charcoal, soy and anise aromas. Full-bodied and densely packed with dark fruit flavors and earthy / savory nuances, the generous flesh is well supported by medium to firm finely grained tannins and enlivening acidity. It has a very long finish. It should age beautifully and drink best 2014 to 2020+. Schubert’s Block B stands shoulder to shoulder with New Zealand’s finest wines. Lovers of great Pinot should certainly look to put a few bottles of this away in their cellars

Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW in October 2011 for

2009 Pinot Noir "Block B" - 92 Parker Points

Pale ruby in colour, the Schubert's 2009 Block B Pinot Noir has fragrant aromas of rose petals and lavender over a core of red cherries, cranberries and red currants with hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate shavings. Medium to full bodied, it is richly fruited with spicy red berry flavours supported by crisp acidity and silky tannins, finishing long. Drinking nicely now, it should cellar through 2016+.

International Blind Pinot Noir tasting organized by Stuart Pigott - January 2007

…That the 1999 "Musigny Grand Cru" from Comte de Vogüé of Chambolle-Musigny in Burgundy (95 point-Retailing at $600 per bottle) was ranked first, probably confirms only what would have been expected. However most surprising was the fact that in Germany, it shared this ranking of 95 points with the Schubert Pinot Noir called "Block B" from Kai Schubert, a vintner who emigrated from Germany to Martinborough, New Zealand.

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Pinot Noir "Block B" 2012


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