2013 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1228420 96 points James Suckling

 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.

95 points Bob Campbell

 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.  (8/2015)

95 points Raymond Chan

 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.

94 points Sam Kim

 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.

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium ruby in color with a touch of purple, the 2013 Pinot Noir offers a lovely violet, lavender and rose-scented perfume over a core of red and black cherries plus Provence herbs. Medium-bodied, intense and with a great backbone of grainy tannins, the palate is beautifully harmonious, while the finish is long and layered.

Jancis Robinson

 Redcurrant and raspberry, a little hint of herby character, fairly grippy tannic structure - but nonetheless very digestible. Light body, easy drinking. (RH)  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

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."

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
With the stack of sterling reviews already showcasing this bravura New Zealand Pinot Noir, where does one begin? Running out of superlatives, so let me just add that it performs beautifully in the glass, and even better once it enters the lips in a flourish of pure, well-refined red and black fruits, oolong tea and savory spice, with a textural litheness that belies its structural integrity. A fragrant jewel of a Pinot that will reward with cellaring for a few years.
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Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2016 | Send Email
This is a stand out wine whenever I bring a bottle to family functions and celebrations. It is a fresh, layered, broad and generous style. With bright red berries, some thyme and herb notes, with depth and concentration. The structure is elegant and smooth and will not turn off all the red wine lovers out there with too much grip. This wine is also great to pair with all sorts of foods, from chicken to salmon dishes and plenty more in between. Enjoy! 13.8% ABV.

Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2016 | Send Email
Mount Edward is by far one of my favorite wineries in our vast direct import portfolio. We had the opportunity to taste with founding partner Duncan Forsyth earlier this year. Besides his great sense of humor, Duncan really conveyed the humble, hard working approach taken by Mount Edward in crafting their wines. This was of little surprise given their tremendous quality. The 2013 Central Otago Pinot Noir is no exception. Highly aromatic, this wine is loaded with sweet ripe fruit on the palate, and displays hints of earth and exotic spice. The wine finishes dry with elegant tannins and perfectly placed acidity. Freshness, purity, texture and balance- all hallmarks of world class Pinot Noir!

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2016 | Send Email
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I have to agree with my colleagues here, Ryan has brought us another fantastic and engaging Pinot Noir at an incredible price. NZ Pinot Noir has been capturing the hearts of the K&L staff for a while now and this is yet another entry in that winning category. It's great to see consensus among K&L Staff, professional reviewers and customers - this has earned great reports from all three.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2016 | Send Email
Every time I taste something from the folks at Mount Edward I am blown away with the balance, quality and accessible style of the wines. Curious why K&L staff members are always pointing you towards New Zealand Pinot Noir? This bottle is exactly why. The wine opens beautifully on the palate with full, ripe berry fruit, but is shaped and lifted nicely by the acidity and fine tannins. The wine is immediately drinkable and fun, yet full of character and complexity.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2016 | Send Email
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Those of you who know me, know that my favorite varietal to consume (as well as collect and grow) is Pinot Noir. And, not just any Pinot Noir, in general. I am very, very selective and picky when it comes to what Pinots I purchase to both consume and/or age. When our New Zealand/Australian wine buyer, Ryan Woodhouse, presented this wine to us, I was totally surprised just how wonderful and distinctive the nose and flavors of this Pinot were. Medium-deep ruby garnet in color, the opulent, pronounced nose of dried rose petals, red cherry, clove-like spice, and blueberry fruit are underscored by slate-like to forest floor mineral notes and just a touch of cedar. In the mouth, this Gem is incredibly balanced and integrated with those same exceptional components, shows complex, focused, broad, and lush flavors that leads to a silky mid-range, and a long, warm finish. Rusty has ordered me to bring home several cases of this exceptional Gem for our consumption over the next four to eight years. THIS IS A GREAT VALUE THAT SHOULDN'T BE MISSED! Soooo, don't miss it! ***** 14.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2020

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
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Another instant classic from Mount Edward. This wine has sold out fast the last few vintages...it's a huge staff and customer favorite here at K&L. Duncan's wines have the special ability to captivate all drinkers, from the most jaded industry wine geek to the most casual, nonchalant imbiber. This is true because the wines are easy to love / drink on every level; they are packed with juicy, pure accessible fruit...they scream Pinot Noir in all its exotic glory...but for those who want to look deeper, beneath all that soft ripe fruit and baking spice there is fine texture, compact, schist inspired structure, lovely soil quality and minerality and fresh, meaningful acidity. We even shaved a few bucks off the SRP this year making this wine an even bigger bargain than ever. If there is one wine that might make you fall in love with NZ Pinot, this just is probably it.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2025

Staff Image By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
Mount Edward's 2013 Pinot is a really engaging wine. It's bright and angular, but intensely flavored with deep fruit; truffle; tomato leaf; and saline, flinty minerals. Subtle, dusty tannins add additional structure. A great wine to drink now with a meal on the richer side, this Pinot will only improve with age.

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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 (%): 14