2012 Thistle Ridge (Grey's Peak) Pinot Noir Waipara Valley

SKU #1171929 Bob Campbell

 Serious, moderately concentrated Pinot Noir with plum, dark cherry, berry and spice plus a seasoning of nutty oak. The wine is dry, nicely balanced with a core of sweet fruit gently restrained by fine tannins. Offers great value at this price.

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Pure Elite Gold Medal winner and finalist for the "Best New Zealand Pinot Noir" Trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013. Thistle Ridge is the second label from Grey's Peak (Greystone) in Waipara Valley on New Zealand's south island. This 2012 Pinot shows ripe forest fruits, black cherry and some red fruits on the nose with a hint of earthiness. Coffee and darker berry characters on the palate are underpinned by soft tannins on the silky finish. Grey's Peak's Pinot Noir blocks are grown on sloping and often steep hillsides; protected by the high hills between them and the wild stormy ocean and enjoy a long moderate growing season. The Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir is entirely estate grown and harvested. Cold soaking, hand plunging and then up to two weeks on skins has produced a delightful wine with a balance of youthful acidity and robust fruit characters.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2014  | Send Email
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2nd label to the highly popular Grey's Peak Pinot Noir, giving quite similar flavors at considerably less expense. The fruit here is all estate and made in the same way as its kin. Hand picking, wild yeast ferment in French oak barriques. Lots of rich, exotic dark fruit, Asian spice, dried herbs, dark earth and subtle barrel notes. Silky and soft on the palate, medium bodied, this really over delivers for the price. It also picked up a Pure Elite Gold Medal at the ANZWA and was a finalist for the Best NZ Pinot Trophy which was eventually won by its big brother the Grey's Peak bottling!
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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 (%): 13.5