2014 Wanaka Road (Mount Edward) Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1228422 93 points Decanter

 Broody nose of rich savoury dark red berry fruits, spicy oak with layers of spice and vanilla. Dry, textured, savoury and juicy, silk tannins, long finish. Drink 2017-2022.  (11/2015)

93 points Sam Kim

 The wine is generous and flavoursome, showing gorgeous ripe cherry and plum characters with nuances of floral, mixed spice and almond. It is beautifully ripe and plush on the palate with excellent fruit purity, nicely enhanced by subtle savoury complexity. Tannins are fine, rounded and integrated, making the wine immensely smooth and appealing. At its best: now to 2020.  (7/2015)

91 points Bob Campbell

 Perfumed wine with bright cherry and violet aromas that continue on the palate together with plum, wood smoke and a hint of spice. Smooth-textured wine with an impressively lengthy finish. One of a growing number of sub-$30 Pinot Noirs that really offer excellent value.  (9/2015)

90-91 points Raymond Chan

 Very dark, black-hued purple-red colour with good depth, lighter on edge. The nose is moderately deep with bright aromas of red berry fruits, soft red florals and thyme herb entwined with savoury earth, mineral dried herb elements. The aromatics blossom with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full and open with softly rich red berry fruits, thyme herbs and red florals complexed by earth and dried herbal nuances. The fruit sweetness is enhanced by fresh, lacy acidity, but balanced by fine tannins and good grip. The wine flows with good line and some alcoholic drive, leading to a sustained finish. This is a fresh, rich, sweet, red-fruited with some savoury herb and earthy interest and well-balanced structure. Match with poultry, pork, risotto and roasted red meats over the next 5+ years.  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

Second label of Mount Edward Estate...enough said. OK a little more info...blended from Mount Edward's estate plus a few friends vineyards. Organically farmed, small production, unfined, unfiltered. Serious Pinot Noir at a playful price point. Very hard to beat at $20... (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2016 | Send Email
I love Pinot Noir and one of the things I love about working at K&L is the ability to taste so many different ones from around the world. New Zealand has become my go to region for amazing Pinot for both flavor and value. Take the Wanaka Road by Mount Edward, dark rich fruit open on the nose and palate. Dense almost brooding flavor has a complexity to it that is astounding for under $20. The wine a a fairly lush mouth feel as well, and finishes with enough acid to give it lift and length. Definitely a wine to stock up on.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2016 | Send Email
Here is another great bottling from our close friends at Mt. Edward Winery. This more than fairly priced Pinot is quite serious for the money. Great estate fruit loads up this wine, with some sourced fruit from some of their friends. This bottling gives us all easy access to the Kiwis' take on Pinot Noir, and I love it!
Top Value!

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2015 | Send Email
Bright, complex, balanced and affordable — what else could you want from a Pinot? This offers lots of red fruit and berries with a dusting of spice and earth. Good acidity drives this wine through to a nice finish balanced with moderate tannin and nice mid-palate texture. Pinot Noir on the pretty side.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
Wanaka Rd is basically a second label of Mount Edward. It incorporates fruit from their estate vineyards and a few growers across a numerous sub-regions of Central Otago. The quality is off the charts for Pinot Noir of this price point. Just look at the scores for a sub-$20 Pinot...Tuesday night price point...weekend worthy quality! To quote Duncan the winemaker: "This is super smashable Pinot."
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.
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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