2012 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir Cheviot Hills

SKU #1150660

This truly is a "beautiful" fragrant Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Not a big heavy wine but one of ultimate purity and elegance. An exotic nose of rose petals, ripe raspberries and Asian spice. The wine is medium bodied with super fine tannins and a fresh acidity that lifts the wine and makes it a real winner with grilled fish and lighter roasted game. If you are looking for an everyday, exceptional value Pinot, you have found it! The Cheviot Hills appellation is in North Canterbury, on New Zealand's South Island, about 100 kilometers north of Christchurch. The soils here are loam with alluvial gravel over mudstone, offering good drainage. Mt Beautiful's vineyards are planted on the plateaus either side of a deep canyon. The vines are still young but I have already been very impressed by the wines from this property. I think the site has potential to produce truly exceptional quality wines and as the vines roots delve deeper I expect the sense of place in this wine to grow stronger and stronger. (Ryan Woodhouse K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2014 | Send Email
Fresh and fun Mt Beautiful has few contenders in the price range. Bright cherry and dried herbs with acidity for ages. Great value.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2014 | Send Email
This is a showstopper Pinot Noir for $20. It's like a vibrant red Burgundy with cleaner fruit and less earth. Tart cranberry, light in body, and with a foresty note that brings to mind Chorey les Beaune. What a deal.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2014 | Send Email
Finding great value in Pinot Noir is never easy. This grape variety is famously difficult to grow, and can never be made to yield high enough to meet a price point without compromising quality. This Mount Beautiful is a great exception to that rule, and shows great aromatics of cranberry and beet; complexity that I never hope for at a wine that is so reasonably priced. In the mouth it is medium to light bodied and has great fruit as well as a certain amount of earthiness. Yum!
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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.

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.