2013 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
There's impressive clarity and depth here, and this is nicely struck. Ripe-dark-cherry and plum fruit aromas abound, along with a subtle spice and fragrant layer, too; this is gently herbal, flinty and complex. The palate is immaculately cast in the form of the tannins that ride side by side with crunchy, dark-cherry-fruit flesh and flavors. This is a super-even, impressively balanced and elegantly powerful wine. One of their finest and purest Pinots to date. The structure is mesmerizing.
Impressively complex Pinot Noir with reasonably intense plum, raspberry, fresh herb, coffee, liquorice and spicy oak flavours. Quiet a seamless, linear wine with a lengthy finish. Stylish wine that promises to age well.
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with black hues at heart, lighter on the rim. This has an elegant, fine, concentrated, fresh, aromatic nose of ripe primary fruit, showing dark red cherry and raspberry fruit along with liquorice and plum notes. The fruit is expressed with richness and clarity, revealing subtle thyme herb and complex, stalky perfumed whole cluster detail with aeration. Medium-full bodied, bright, vibrantly rich and succulent dark raspberry, black cherry and plum fruit flavours feature on the palate. The fruit sweetness is balanced by refined, dry textures and structure providing framework and linearity. The wine flows with plenty of drive and acid energy carrying through to a very long and sustained, fine-textured finish of spicy plums and raspberries. This is a rich, bright, raspberry and plum fruited Pinot Noir with fine herb nuances and refined structure. Match with duck, pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 6-7+ years. Fruit from the company’s ‘Morrison’, ‘Muirkirk’ and Montero’s ‘Pisa Terrace’ vineyards, indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 20% new French oak.
A beautifully composed Pinot, the lifted bouquet shows dark cherry, game, truffle and floral with a hint of dried herb characters. It is ripe, concentrated and richly fruited on the palate, and delivers layers of silky texture and waves of delicious flavours. Well structured by polished tannins, this combines delectable fruit purity with elegant savoury complexity. At its best: now to 2025.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* A notably ripe mocha-inflected nose features notes of plum, dark currant and discreet spice nuances. There is a lovely sense of energy and detail to the delicious, sleek and nicely proportioned middle weight flavors that terminate in a dusty and balanced finale that carries its reported alcohol well. This moderately forward effort is really very good for the price and worth checking out.
Bright, dark red. Musky raspberry, smoked meat, spices and fresh herbs on the complex, rather Burgundian nose, plus a whiff of underbrush. Supple, savory darker berry, spice and herb flavors show a restrained sweetness, firm acidity and very good spine. Lovely finesse of texture and thrust here. A very good, classically dry Pinot with firm, integrated tannins and excellent length. Slightly herbal in a positive way. (ST)
Redcurrant and raspberry, a little hint of herby character, fairly grippy tannic structure - but nonetheless very digestible. Light body, easy drinking. (RH)
Fine-grained tannins give the plum, blackberry and spice flavors plenty of traction, with mocha and dried sage details on the finish. Drink now through 2026. (MW, Web-2016)
With three 95+ point scores in the books this is sure to be a blockbuster release of Mount Edward Pinot Noir. Already a huge staff favorite here at K&L, this latest release from iconic winemaker Duncan Forsyth is perhaps the best yet! The last two vintages sold out in a matter of days--so don't miss it. Fruit for this wine is selected from three vineyards, all organically certified, in different sub-regions of Central Otago. The blend is seamless, combining the effusive aromatics of Morrison Vineyard (Lowburn), the elegance of Pisa Terrace Vineyard (Pisa) and the power or Muirkirk Vineyard (Bannockburn). Fermented with wild yeast, hand-plunged, no manipulation, just pure Pinot. An exceptional value thanks to our direct import. 94 points Wine Front: "Fruit is sourced from three vineyards across Bannockburn and Lowburn and the wine is naturally fermented in the creative think tank that is the winery at Mount Edward. In a region like Central Otago where bombastic Pinot Noir styles flourish, Mount Edward shows firmer, leaner structure, a wild edge, and some true individual flair. Sometimes wines made on the edge are the most interesting. It's a beautiful Pinot Noir. Satin in texture, mellow in sweet-lightly sour fruit character, soft tannins, pillowy finish that gradually crawls to a chewy pucker. Perfume shows flourishes of cherry, musk, herbs, wet slate. It's a very seductive wine even with it's leaner, more succulent expression. Sprawls in a big glass. Deeply satisfying."