Antica Terra

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Antica Terra: The Importance

Winemaker Maggie Harrison learned the ropes under the watchful eye of Sine Qua Non’s Manfred and Elaine Krankl for 10 years as their assistant winemaker. When it comes to her wines, Neal Martin says you: “get a distinctive, complex and beautifully crafted wine in return for your money. They are made with painstaking detail by an exacting winemaker that clearly refuses to cut corners, much like her mentor Manfred Krankl.”

 

Writing for Vinous, Josh Raynolds writes: “Maggie Harrison is producing some of the most expressive, often opulent Pinots from the New World… The experience accumulated by her years working with Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non shows clearly in Harrison’s work… like the wines of her mentor, hers are definitely show-stoppers, not wallflowers. ” She has “emerged as one of the country’s most talented young winemakers.”

 

Bearing in mind the cult status of Sine Qua Non and the up-and-coming fashion for Oregon wines, Antica Terra is definitely one to watch.

 

Antica Terra: The Insight

Stylistically, Neal Martin writes that Antica Terra’s wines are: “equidistant between Oregon and Europe, exploiting the strengths of both… they are deceptively approachable thanks to the fineness of tannins and levels of fruit - but underneath, tucked away, is a sense of earthiness, something almost...feral.”  These wines therefore offer something for both Burgundy and New world fans. Josh Raynolds concurs: “as concentrated as they consistently are, to my palate they are also vibrant, focused and suavely balanced, with a core of minerality that lends an unexpected freshness and urgency.” The wines have relatively low alcohol levels, but not at the detriment of punchy flavour. Maggie Harrison claims to make the wines with intuition, but there is obviously also a lot of skill involved.

 

Antica Terra is a 4.5 hectare vineyard planted in 1989 on a rocky hillside in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Cooled by ocean breezes, the rocky vineyard contains fossilised oysters and boulders. The team had to haul around 3600 tons of rock from the vineyards in order to plant. Despite their age, the vines still appear young, Harrison describes them as “spindly and frail”, demanding “the most exacting attention and care.” The vines really struggle to survive, resulting in excellent and intense fruit.

 

The top label is a Pinot Noir called Antikythera, named after a bronze-age device for calculating the positions of the stars. This is followed by Botanica – a “sappy and sanguine” Pinot Noir with red fruit, floral notes and orange only produced in exceptional years – and Ceras – a darker more mineral and herby Pinot Noir. Obelin was created in 2013 from 11 unique Pinot Noir barrels that didn’t seem to obviously fit into any of the other cuvées, despite their beauty. It takes its name from photoprotein that causes marine life to glow. Antica Terra also produces two Chardonnays called Aurata and Aequorin and an experimental rosé, macerated on the skins for around a week and aged on the lees for a year, called Angelicall.

 

Antica Terra: The Background

After picking up malaria in Kenya and almost having a nervous breakdown, Maggie Harrison decided  not to return to her career in international relations and conflict resolution, but instead to turn to winemaking. She landed an apprenticeship with Sine Qua Non, which she describes as “the holy grail” of winemaking. In 2004 she set up her own Syrah project called Lillian while tending Manfred Krankl’s precious barrels. However, in 2005 Scott Adelson, john Mavredakis and Michael Kramer found the plot of land in the Eola-Amity Hills, now home to Antica Terra, and asked Harrison to become the winemaker. She has never looked back.

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2012 Pinot Noir Antikythera Antica Terra Oregon

95.0

2012 Pinot Noir Antikythera Oregon

95.0
£1,003.00
£502.00

2014 Pinot Noir Botanica Antica Terra Oregon

97.0

2014 Pinot Noir Botanica Oregon

97.0
£698.00
£698.00
£61.00

2013 Pinot Noir Botanica Antica Terra Oregon

92.0

2013 Pinot Noir Botanica Oregon

92.0
£701.00
£61.00

2014 Pinot Noir Ceras Antica Terra Oregon

96.0

2014 Pinot Noir Ceras Oregon

96.0
£698.00
£698.00
£350.00

2013 Pinot Noir Ceras Antica Terra Oregon

92.5

2013 Pinot Noir Ceras Oregon

92.5
£698.00
£698.00
£61.00

2013 Pinot Noir Obelin Antica Terra Oregon

93.0

2013 Pinot Noir Obelin Oregon

93.0
£979.00
£979.00
£490.00
£84.00

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