2013 Kalinda "Rawiri Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $20)

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A brand new Kalinda Pinot! This great Pinot is hand-picked from a beautiful, steep, hillside vineyard in Marlborough's Omaka Valley. The vineyard owner/winemaker Dave Eatwell hand-crafts this wine at Te Whare Ra winery just down the road from the hillside site. Only 100 cases were made of this Kalinda bottling. It has a nice mixture of rich dark fruit, toasted spice, savory forest floor, and earthy qualities with a subtle flinty, dried herb note to balance the dark berry fruits. Great palate weight and juicy fruit from the top notch 2013 vintage in New Zealand. This is an amazing value thanks to our Kalinda, direct import program.

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By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Exclusive to our Kalinda brand, the wine was made by David Eatwell (and I presume drink well!) with Jason and Anna Flowerday from Te Whare Ra (TWR) consulting. This all red fruit dominated, with notes of strawberry, raspberry, plum, cherry, orange peel and tea bag. On the palate the wine is elegant, with earth tones coming into the mix with a balancing acidity adding to the persistent finish.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
A Pinot Noir that offers both value and is a wine that is tasty and a pleasure to drink. Nice red fruit flavors leads to balanced complex subtle earthy tones. The Kalinda Rawiri is dry and will go well alone or with chicken or salmon.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2015 | Send Email
For the last four to five years, I have maintained to many of you that New Zealand was ten-plus years away from producing “great” Pinot Noirs. Then last year come the productions from Te Whare Ra (TWR) that were absolutely stunning and stood up to those amazing productions from Burgundy, the coastal areas of California, and the Willamette Valley region of Oregon. Made for us at TWR by Dave Eatwell, an associate of the winemaker Jason Anna of TWR, this is an outstanding Pinot that will be considered one of the best to come from New Zealand to date. Produced from an incredibly steep North facing hillside in the Omaka Valley, the color is deep and rich in appearance, while on the nose this Pinot shows a lush, distinctive, true to style Pinot tones of a strawberry, cherry, dried rose petals, to spicy fruit qualities with a noted forest floor to meaty mineral undertone. Broad and deep on the palate, this Gem is balanced, yet rich and full, nicely integrated, viscous, layered, and profoundly complex. Rusty has demanded that I bring home cases of this outstanding Gem to be one of our house reds for the next four to eight years. Only 100 cases were made (four barrels). If you miss this puppy, you will be sorry! Great Value! ***** 13.4% ABV *****
Drink from 2015 to 2025

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2015 | Send Email
A lovely Pinot Noir from an esteemed Kiwi producer showing perfect balance and bright lift, making this Pinot perfect for any occasion. The nose has aromas of dark cherry and a hint of smoke while the palate shows notes of blackberry, juicy cherry and refreshing acidity balanced by light and integrated tannins. Pick up a case for the summer or your next party, it’s sure to please the crowd.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2015 | Send Email
A great new addition in the long line of Kalinda bottlings. This time we went to New Zealand to source a great bottle of Pinot for all you Kalinda followers out there! This wine comes from one single, hillside vineyard at the foot of the Omaka Valley in Marlborough's Southern Valley's sub-region. The vines grow in heavier clay soils, quite different to the alluvial gravels of the valley floor. This soil and hillside aspect lend this wine great density and brooding, dark fruit. There is a savory earthy edge to the wine too. Medium bodied on the palate with wild cherry, loganberry and bramble fruit. A subtle touch of flint and forest floor adds intrigue. The wine is raised in French oak for 10 months before bottling. I think this is great value for a single vineyard, small production Pinot of this quality, I hope you check out this new Kalinda release.
Top Value!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2015 | Send Email
WOW. The best Kalinda wine to date. Your quality-to-price ratio is off the charts here. New Zealand Pinot Noir flavor can often clock in somewhere between California and Burgundy and our new Kalinda expression does just that. You get the ripe drinkability of California fruit, but with the complex, foresty, and spice-driven character of great Burgundy. Crunchy red fruits, baking spices, hints of earth and forest floor. Sign me up. This is a hot deal.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2015 | Send Email
What a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir! Produced from a prime vineyard source for our friends at TWR, this Pinot Noir is so well balanced, juicy, and balanced, I can see it going down very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that one may fail to notice the wonderful texture, fruit purity and layers of flavor. The price is certainly right to gulp this one down, but maybe, every now and then, just take a moment to appreciate how great a job the crew down there has done to make this wine.

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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