2008 Sherwood Pinot Noir Marlborough

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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wonderful 2008 Sherwood Estate Pinot Noir has a lovely cranberry and raspberry leaf nose with superb definition. The palate is very well crafted with fine tannins, well judged acidity allowing the joyous fruit to really express themselves: raspberry, a touch of blueberry and dark cherry. Given the price, this is exceptional value and comes highly recommended. Bravo!" (09/09) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and beautifully structured, with a spicy edge to the currant and bacon flavors, which linger nicely. Drink now through 2013." (03/10) The 2008 Sherwood Estate Pinot displays ripe, sweet plum notes with an edge of complexity on the nose. The palate is rich and round supported by fine grain tannins. An excellent match for most meat dishes. Produced from selected parcels of grapes grown at Sandy Creek vineyard and other sites in Marlborough, oak maturation for five months was followed by blending, fining and bottling.

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By: Patty Torrel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2009  | Send Email
The 2008 Sherwood Pinot Noir has all the elements to be a real beauty. It possesses a dark yet vibrant ruby color, outstanding fruit purity, and although a bit young and primary at the moment it has some serious depth and delineation. On the nose are aromas of fresh dark cherry, raspberry and baked rhubarb with just a touch of spice. The palate has bright, tangy red fruit, a hint of dried flowers, fine-grain tannins, ample acidity and a persistent finish. Decant this one for 15 to 20 minutes and it will flesh out nicely showing some impressive fruit intensity. This is a terrific food wine.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/28/2009  | Send Email
New Zealand made a big splash on the international scene a few years back with their outstanding Sauvignon Blancs, and they are poised to do the same for Pinot Noir. This wine may very well be the best value in Pinot Noir in our entire inventory. The 2008 Sherwood is medium bodied and very much in the Burgundian style with a New World twist. Fans of Oregon Pinot Noir take note! Exotic fruits on the nose: pomegranate and orange zest. In the mouth, red fruits and spice: red plum and rhubarb and a hint of cinnamon. Perfectly paired with a range of dishes: New Zealand lamb with fresh thyme and lemon or plank smoked salmon.

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 1/27/2010 
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Score based on my opinion of quality to price. Wow. 2008 was a spotty vintage for pinot noir on the South Island. But this Sherwood is amazing! This is my #1 recommendation right now for pinot noir under $15, trumping A to Z from Oregon. Great fruit, great balance, and a solid dose of minerality that Burgundy drinkers will appreciate. For a denser, darker-fruited wine in this genre, look at Quartz Reef 2006 for $19.

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Varietal:

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 (%): 12.5