2013 Mt. Hector Pinot Noir Wairarapa (Elsewhere $15+)

SKU #1227544 92 points Bob Campbell

 Bright, fresh and reasonably concentrated Pinot Noir with strongly varietal plum and cherry flavours. Nice purity and a fine-grained texture. The wine has an honesty and vinosity (as opposed to "fruitiness") that I like. Excellent value at this price. SRP $17.99

K&L Notes

Exceptional value in Pinot Noir. This wine from Mt. Hector is truly one of the best value reds we have in store. Given that it's Pinot Noir (a notoriously difficult / expensive grape variety to cultivate) the quality for price ratio is even more astounding! Master of Wine Bob Campbell (NZ's most prominent wine writer) gave it 92 points and notes that this wine represents "excellent value" even at its suggested retail price of $17.99! Huh! How about $9.99 for our K&L customers!?

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
I don't want to know how or why we are selling this wine for $10. All I know is that it is the best value, hands down, Pinot in the shop. Dark fruit, a little spice, a hint of earth and a nice dry finish. Complexity in Pinot for $10? Yes, you didn't think it was possible? Me too. You'll just have to try one....

Staff Image By: Mellyn Craig | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2016 | Send Email
Extra! Extra! This is the hottest Pinot Noir deal around! Every time I taste this wine, I can’t believe the price point this is selling for. The 2013 Mt Hector Pinot has layers of complexity and a long finish. The aromas are full of cracked black pepper and dried purple flowers. Flavors of flinty minerality, with an earthy underbrush note, and baking spices add wonderful layers that are not common with Pinots at this price. The palate has mouth watering acidity with juicy black cherries and plum carries on through the finish. Pinot Noirs at this price are usually lacking complexity or not palatable. This is the BEST exception I have ever tasted. I highly recommend buying this by the case before it is gone!

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2016 | Send Email
Raspberry, black cherry and cassis make this pretty, easy, juicy and affordable Pinot Noir a total no-brainer for your every day drinker wine in 2016! With fabulously bright, fresh fruit and nice acidity to balance it out, this is a winner. You'll be delighted to pour this for family and friends any night of the week! Buy by the case!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2016 | Send Email
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OK, now this is getting hard to believe but Ryan has found another NZ beauty at a ridiculously low price. The Mt Hector has wonderfully sweet cherry and wild raspberry fruit and surprising layers of minerality and dark spice all supported by just enough backbone, fresh acidity and a lovely sweet cherry finish. All for a silly price and even better finished off in Stelvin (screw cap) which I love for early drinking wines. This truly shows much, much better than its price and is a no-brainer for any Pinot Noir lover. It could just be THE best value in the store.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
Just a dynamite, unbeatable value in Pinot Noir. This wine has all the varietal qualities you would look for in a $20 bottle of Pinot...but we are offering it at half that price! Crunchy forest berries, baking spice, red fruit, shaved wood...the fruit deepens to plum with more air. Juicy, fresh acidity, medium bodied, pure, and focused on the finish that leaves you wanting another sip. Just flat out, ridiculous value in Pinot Noir. Party Wine Extraordinaire!
Top Value!

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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.