2017 Fromm Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1390467 91 points Bob Campbell

 Fromm's entry level pinot noir and the only one sealed with screwcap rather than cork. Appealing cherry and violet aromas with bright berry and spice flavours. An attractive and accessible wine, with a supple texture and perfect balance of acidity and fruit sweetness. Perhaps a little simple but with good varietal identity  (3/2019)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made using organically grown fruit from five vineyards in the Southern Valleys, the 2017 Pinot Noir (this replaces the La Strada bottling) features black cherries and black raspberries on the nose. It's medium-bodied but a bit chunky and firm, with notes of dried spices and cola and a dry, savory finish. Give it another year to round into form, then drink it through 2026.  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

Fromm is a small organic and Biodynamic practicing estate in Renwick at the center of Marlborough's Wairau Valley. They have been producing wine since 1992 and strive to make hand-crafted wines that represent unique vineyard expressions. After visiting the property in 2011 we knew that these wines were special. We are delighted that we have developed such a great relationship with winemaker Hätsch Kalberer to offer these wines at fraction of their worth due to a direct winery purchase deal. I hope you enjoy the wines as much as we have.


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2019 | Send Email
This has a pure, concentrated plum/strawberry fruit core, with added complexity from herbal minty undertones. It is pure-fruited with grippy tannins and great balancing acid, showcasing a slightly richer pinot profile from the Marlborough region.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2019 | Send Email
A true expression of Marlborough Pinot Noir, this vineyard blend from Fromm offers up some truly impressive fruit and has the aging potential to rival Burgundy. Showcasing the three sub-regions of Marlborough, from the rich clay soils of Brancott and the Waihopai Valleys to the alluvial gravel and silt of the Wairau Valley, this wine is not shy on flavor. Fromm does make their wines to age, so some time in bottle and aeration will reward the patient. Fromm's dedication to organic farming is reflected in the pure fruit flavors of the wine and the minimalistic winemaking techniques let the region's unique offerings shine through. Winemaker Hätsch Kalberer has been with the winery for more than 25 years and his expertise is resulting in wines of refinement, quality, and strength.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.