2012 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Pinot Noir Waipara

SKU #1157854 96 points Bob Campbell

 Silken-textured Pinot Noir with dark cherry, black-fleshed plum, subtle spice and nutty oak flavours. Elegant and ethereal wine showing surprising power and length. Distinctive and appealing. (Bob Campbell: Gourmet Traveller Magazine)

93 points James Suckling

 This carries plenty of the Waipara earthy, sweet, dark-spice and plum/cherry pinot noir character. Rich and attractive, nicely melded and set to deliver engagingly for the next four to five years. The palate's supple and fleshy, built on sturdy, fullish tannins. Plum flavors emerge on top. Finishes strong, juicy and smooth. Drink now.  (10/2014)

K&L Notes

Pure Elite Gold Medal and Trophy winner for "Best Pinot Noir in New Zealand" at the Air NZ wine awards 2013! K&L Exclusive Direct Import. Winemaker's Notes: This is a wine that speaks loudly of the vineyard in which it was grown. Perfumed violets and damson plums on the nose. Dark cherry and cacao on the palate, campfire coals. Succulent, juicy fruit provides lusciousness upfront and lingering acidity creates a long and silky finish. A warm growing season gave us ripe fruit flavours but also intense terroir-driven characters such as dried herb and spice characters. This Pinot is selected from three single blocks of Greystone's Waipara estate. The vineyards are all sloping and quite steep in places with wind blown loess over clay and active limestone deposits. The fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness. Bunches were gently destemmed before small batch (1.8 ton) fermentation with 100 % native yeasts. Post fermentation maceration lasted for up to 3 weeks to allow ripe fruit tannins to soften, flavors to deepen and gain in complexity. The wine was then rested for a year in 25% new French Oak.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
Wow! I often tell customers that Pinot Noir is just too difficult to grow, too temperamental to make, and in far too high of demand for there to be great deals in it. The Greystone has proved me wrong. This reminded me of some of the best Pinot of the Russian River with its ripe, wild berry fruit and bacon nose and full body. This impressive, showy, long-finishing wine is a real discovery, and because of our direct relationship with the producer, a fantastic value.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
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I just tasted this today (8/19) with Ryan Woodhouse, our Australia, New Zealand and South Africa buyer. It is quite stunning and is a step away from the usual style of NZ Pinot Noir. This is a riper effort with full, fairly lush red fruits and an amazing finish. Dark cherry fruit with balancing acidity makes this Pinot more substantial than many from the area. It is NOT, however, over-extracted or sweet. It IS a very drinkable, mouthfilling wine that will be just fine by itself or with a nice roasted chicken. Don't miss out on this one, as production is fairly small.

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2014 | Send Email
Along with the superb Te Whare Ra wines we're direct importing comes another winning addition. The Grey's Peak (Greystone in New Zealand) Pinot Noir from Waipara has a bouquet that offers dark cherry, plum, earth, clove, dried orange peel, mineral notes and a hint of graham cracker crust. On the palate, there are fine tannins with good tangy acidity that lead to a persistent finish with drive and energy.

Staff Image By: Mellyn Craig | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2014 | Send Email
If you love Pinot Noir, then this is a must try! The aromatics are bursting out of the glass with pretty floral and dark red fruits. On the palate there are crunchy red berries, spice, and earthy notes. The mouth feel manages to find the balance of being juicy and round, with a strong mineral backbone to give it structure, and lively acidity to freshen up the palate. The 2012 Grey’s Peak Pinot Noir is so delicious that it seems almost decadent, but at this price tag you can indulge any night of the week!

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2014 | Send Email
Dark cherry and raspberry fruit right up front. Layers of bright red fruit, oak spice, and great mineral backbone from the sloping, limestone-laden vineyards lend depth and a finish that just will not quit. This is serious Pinot Noir at any price, let alone $25!

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2014 | Send Email
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This was my favorite (and not the most expensive) Pinot Noir from our recent New Zealand staff tasting. Delightfully rich and complex with a very enticing mineral quality from limestone. It has a fine red fruit richness enveloping a solid structure while maintaining a perfect varietal correctness. It offers up lovely spicy and earthy notes deftly layered to present its characteristics both on the nose and palate over time. It's not always easy to be rich AND complex in New World Pinot Noir, and rarely at this price. It's a super big deal wine in New Zealand, (known as Greystone there, but Grey's Peak here due to copyrights) and it's just a matter of time before more wine drinkers catch on here.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2014 | Send Email
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A dramatic nose of concentrated black cherry, dark rose petals, crushed red currants and curry leaf. The palate is dynamic, with juicy dark red berries, dusty spices, damp loamy, earthy notes and lovely, subtle hints of charred wood. The limestone-rich soil of these fantastic vineyards is notable in the wine's fresh and vibrant acidity putting the exotic nose and exuberant palate in perfect balance with a drawn-out, mouthwatering finish. The wine is layered and complex, as every sip reveals a different characteristic, the sign of truly great Pinot Noir! I can absolutely see how this wine has achieved such great acclaim from the judges at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards! I am delighted that we can offer it to our customers on a K&L exclusive Direct Import basis!

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5