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Whitehaven Pinot Noir 2015
A beautiful garnet red, this Pinot Noir demonstrates an elegance yet flavourful wine that is worthy of the awards it has won. The nose promises ripe cherry, raspberry and strawberry with hints of spiciness and a little vanilla. The palate brings a medium bodied wine with a perfect balance of acid and tannin and layers of complexity that you would expect from such a quality wine. Succulent flavours of strawberry, cherry and raspberry with vanilla and spice notes leave you with a long finish that is a perfect end to what is a very good wine.
Perfect food match for roast chicken, seafood, salmon, tuna and pasta.
Whitehaven’s philosophy on winemaking is quality first and foremost. They look for consistency, intensity and quality while at the same time ensuring elegance in all of their wines. Using a mix of Old World knowledge and New World techniques, Whitehaven developed a reputation based on consistently producing high quality and interesting wines.
This Pinot Noir follows the Whitehaven philosophy with the hand harvested fruit picked and de-stemmed before being soaked for 6 days prior to fermentation. Placed in a mix of new and old French oak, a secondary malolactic fermentation happened in barrel prior to 11 months maturation and then bottling.
Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir 2016
New Zealand’s Central Otago has earned a global reputation for its Pinot Noirs thanks to the exceptional climate which offers warm sunny summer days and cooler nights. This temperature change helps to preserve freshness and delicate aromatic character in the grapes while allowing the development of rich fruit flavours and aromas.
The Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir is crafted from top quality fruit sourced from the estate’s Gibbston vineyard which provides a fragrant element to the finished wine and the Bendigo vineyards which add structure and depth. The grapes are carefully handpicked to ensure they arrive at the winery in optimum condition and fermented in 18 different batches. Following the fermentation the wine is then aged in oak barrels for 10 months to harmonise the different components and contribute extra complexity.
The result is a finely-balanced Pinot Noir that offers rich floral and red berry aromas which carry through onto the palate. The first sip reveals a refreshing acidity matched by a medium body and intense raspberry, cherry and strawberry flavours seasoned with hints of oak and sweet spice. An ideal wine for enjoying on its own or with light duck salads, charcuterie or cheese.
Blank Canvas Pinot Noir 2016
Blank Canvas is fast developing a reputation for unique, handcrafted single vineyard wines which stand out from the pack thanks to their bold personalities and exceptional quality. Founded by Matt and Sophie in 2013, the winery specialises in single vineyard wines which truly push the boundaries of what is possible thanks to the couple’s extensive winemaking expertise and experience across the globe.
Their Blank Canvas Pinot Noir is made with grapes sourced from low-yielding vines in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough. The couple ferment 50% of the grapes as whole bunches to add extra complexity and structure to the finished wine. This elegant single vineyard wine is then given a delicate touch of oak for 10 months to complement rather than overwhelm the personality of the Pinot Noir.
The result is a remarkably complex and multi-layered Pinot which opens with red cherry, raspberry and dried herb aromas. The palate offers a medium body, bright acidity, and intense red berry flavours which linger long on the tongue. The flavour profile of this stunning Pinot will continue to develop over the next five years or so if aged in ideal cellar conditions.
Amisfield Pinot Noir 2017
Amisfield's single-estate vineyard is situated beneath the stunning Pisa mountain range in the Cromwell Basin in Central Otago, New Zealand. Previously known as Rocky Knoll Vineyard, Amisfield has concentrated on a much more natural way to produce phenomenal wines - minimum intervention during growth of the grapes and making of the wine, and strict yield management combined with hand harvesting . The resulting fruit (and ultimately the wine) delivers concentrated fruit flavours along with complexity and balance that underlines the quality and character of the wine.
Pinot Noir accounts for 60% of the production with the balance made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling. A state-of-the-art purpose built winery is the focal point of the vineyard and produces 20,000 -30,000 cases of wine annually.
A beautiful, vibrant ruby in colour, the nose is exciting and promises such delights as raspberries, vanilla, chocolate and leather.
The palate does not disappoint. Cherries, plums and brambles along with just a hint of coffee delights the taste buds with silkiness, finesse and complexity.
The finish is like you have just eaten a fresh plum but lingers very nicely as you would expect from a wine of this quality. In terms of food matches, this Pinot is very versatile and will work well with beef, fish, chicken, cheese and even chocolate.
Framingham Pinot Noir 2015
Framingham’s story started back in 1981 when an engineer from Wellington, Rex Brooke-Taylor established a vineyard in this idyllic corner of Marlborough. Rex named his new estate after his family’s ancestral home town in England and began his operation by collaborating with neighbouring wineries and using their facilities to vinify his wines.
Today the estate produces all of their wines onsite and they have a real passion for working with Mother Nature to preserve their vineyards for generations to come. As well as being accredited as sustainable, the estate is certified as organic with BioGro NZ Ltd and most of the work in the vineyard is done by hand.
The Framingham Pinot Noir is given its unique flavour profile by including a few whole bunches when the grapes are macerated and fermented. This adds smooth tannins and extra complexity to the finished wine. The Pinot Noir is then aged in oak barrels. The result is a silky soft red which exudes rich aromas and flavours of cranberry, cherries and plums spiced with hints of smoke and sweet cinnamon. Serve alongside charcuterie, hard cheeses or roasted duck to showcase the ripe fruit character of this exquisite red.
Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2018
Decant one hour before serving.
Although best known for its succulent Sauvignon Blancs, Marlborough on the northeastern tip of the South Island also offers ideal conditions for Pinot Noir. Here, on the banks of the Opawa River, David Clouston has built his very own little slice of heaven in a small black cottage surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. After spending years making wine in Corsica, the USA and southern France, Black Cottage’s fun-loving owner and winemaker realised he wanted to return home and make delicious wines that offer incredible value and are perfect for sharing with friends.
David carefully selects the grapes for this Pinot Noir from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys before fermenting them in stainless steel to emphasise the fresh red berry character that is so typical of the varietal. The result is a lively Pinot explodes out of the glass with ripe raspberry and red cherry aromas, while the first sip reveals a silky smooth mouthfeel and wild berry flavours.
David ages a portion of the wine in large French oak casks for 10 months, adding gentle hints of cedar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the ripe, fruity character. This easy-going Pinot is a great choice to share amongst friends on its own or pair it with roast duck or lamb for the perfect leisurely weekend gathering.