2016 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1390468 94 points James Suckling

 A smooth, supple and polished Pinot, this offers aromas and flavors of red and black cherries and plums and delivers a super smooth, silky palate. Effortlessly drinkable Pinot here. Drink now. Screw cap.  (12/2018)

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Rated #63 on James Suckling's Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 2018. 40% Muirkirk Vineyard, 30% MOrrison Vineyard, 30% Pisa Terrrace Vineyard 11 months in 15% new French Oak, then 4 months in stainless steel tank prior to bottling


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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
Another great release this season from Mount Edward. A generous cherry nose with Ludens cherry fruit and baking spices. Brighter, with more acidity and brighter cherries on the palate. Finishes richly with a spicy finish. Another great effort from this vintner.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2019 | Send Email
Very likely the best ever version of this staple Pinot Noir from Mount Edward Winery. These guys were one of the first wineries in Central Otago and, with winemaker Duncan Forsyth at the helm, they are leading the pack of fine wine production from this unique growing region. This wine is made from a blend of vineyards as well as whole cluster techniques. Partial use of 25% whole bunch gives depth and weight to the wine, while some 100% whole bunch ferments go through carbonic maceration, conferring life and delicacy. The Muirkirk vineyard fruit provides a dark ripeness, while the Pisa Terrace fruit is lighter framed, and not as broad or rich. This wine is voluminous, though not big and tannic, and the use of only 15% new French Oak provides just the right compliment to the fruit.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14