2011 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir Cheviot Hills New Zealand

SKU #1107161

Winemaker's Notes: "This complex, deep ruby coloured Pinot Noir is fragrant with dried flowers and forest floor aromas. On the palate it shows ripe blackberry fruit with a hint of exotic spice and fine, savoury tannins. Full-bodied and strongly structured, this wine is already drinking well, but will gain further structure and develop beautifully with cellaring over the next three years." Tech Info: "The fruit for this Pinot Noir was de-stemmed and gravity fed to tank. Blocks were fermented separately, but as blends of different clones to add complexity and aid integration of flavors. Ten days of cold soaking were followed by a fast ferment, with plunging twice a day to achieve an aromatic wine with good tannin stability. The wine was then aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new."

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/3/2013  | Send Email
Mouth-watering purity of fruit! Red cherry, spice, raspberry, cranberry with medium plus acidity and easy tannin. Fresh & friendly. YUM!

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/30/2013  | Send Email
This is a great new Pinot from an up and coming area in New Zealand! Bright raspberry, black cherry, and great wood spice and tanins. Absolutely delicious and drinking well right now. All for $20 makes this wine tough to pass up!
Top Value!

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/1/2013  | Send Email
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A new producer from the exciting little area of Cheviot Hills in North Canterbury on New Zealand's South Island close to the east coast. Exceptionally good Pinot for this price. Raspberry, dark cherry and a touch of vanilla. Very floral with some attractive rose petal notes. The wine has a pure brightness and very fine polished tannins. Very drinkable (perhaps too drinkable). A great every day pinot with real character and finesse. A top value in NZ Pinot.
Top Value!

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/11/2012  | Send Email
This is a new addition to our growing Kiwi portfolio and without a doubt, one you should try. The nose shows raspberry, dark cherry, plum, earth, Asian spices, forest floor and dried orange peel. On the palate these flavors combine with juicy acidity and fine silky tannins that form one lovely Pinot Noir with superb balance and length.

 By: Alexander Fan |  Review Date: 5/3/2013 
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I have to agree with the K&L staff on this one. On the nose this wine has fresh red berries, spices and chai. The palate is fresh, lithe and elegant. A great value for under $20.

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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.