2012 Terra Sancta "Mysterious Diggings" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Previously $20)

SKU #1195216 92 points James Suckling

 Attractive youthful complexity here that ranges through floral aromas, meaty nuances, spice and dark cherry-plum fruit. The palate has grainy tannin texture, plenty of dark cherry-plum flavor and finishes with succulent resolve.  (4/2014)

90 points Vinous

 Bright medium red. Complex perfume of dark cherry, raspberry, earth, herbs, lavender, sandalwood and woodsmoke. Supple but juicy and tangy, with terrific spicy, peppery, herbal lift from a percentage of whole-cluster vinification. Lovely subtle sweetness and definition to the sappy raspberry and red cherry fruit flavors. Finishes with firm but fine-grained tannins and excellent energy and spicy length. This winery was only established in 2011. (ST)  (9/2014)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is good precision to the vibrant and admirably pure middle weight flavors that display good intensity on the persistent finish of moderate depth that is lightly trimmed in a touch of wood.  (10/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple-colored, the 2012 Mysterious Diggings Pinot Noir offers aromas of black cherries, black raspberries and wild blueberries with hints of allspice and roses. Medium to full-bodied with a good amount of ripe blackberry character framed by a low level of chewy tannins and balanced acid, it finishes with good length. Drink it now to 2017+. (LPB)  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "This single vineyard Pinot takes its name after an early map by a resident of Central Otago gave a small parcel of land the name "Mysterious Diggings." It is a vineyard of extreme beauty, high in the hills. The sun-drenched, rocky terraces of the Diggings vineyard create a delicious wine with charm, elegance, clean fruit flavors, and length. Beautifully perfumed with a red cherry-like richness and a deep but soft texture. This wine lets the vineyard do the talking. Simply delicious. It is perfect now, but will keep giving for those who delay their gratification for up to 6 years." *Gold Medal in the NZ International Wine Show* *Five Stars and Best Buy in Cuisine Magazine*

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
Nose of crushed raspberries and strawberries. Snappy, light-bodied Pinot with red fruits, sweet spice and a hint of something savory. Mild, polished tannins. This wine glides across the palate.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2016 | Send Email
We have INCREDIBLE direct from the winery pricing on this delicious Pinot Noir from Central Otago. Sourced from a single vineyard high on the hill overlooking the village of Bannockburn. This wine offers spectacular value for money - Central Otago Pinot at this price is pretty much unheard of let alone one of the this quality from a GREAT vintage. The nose shows wild forest berries, thyme, lavender, clove, orange peel; the wine is bright, vibrant, full of energy on the palate, medium bodied, very pure and polished. Drinks well above its price point. Stylish, fresh , elegant Pinot.
Top Value!

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2016 | Send Email
Deeper fruited than the Estate bottling, this long and rich wine sings along the tongue. I enjoy the structure, it is dusty at most which I enjoy in some Pinot Noir. Great entertaining or weekday drinker for the price.

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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.