2014 SoHo "McQueen" Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1228575 95 points Sam Kim

 What a fabulous Pinot. Deeply scented and immensely delicious, this complex wine shows black cherry, plum, floral and nuances of game, spice and cedar characters on the nose. The palate is concentrated and richly fruited, offering an abundance of lovely flavours and layers silky texture. It is beautifully styled and exhibits elegant opulence. At its best: now to 2022.

92-93 points Raymond Chan

 Very dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with intense aromas of black cherry and black berried fruits with refined black and violet floral lift, entwined with thyme herb nuances. The aromatics are fresh, pure and poised, unfolding delicate liquorice and plum elements, and reduction with a little oak char. Medium-full bodied, the palate features an elegantly concentrated and tightly bound core of ripe black cherry, berry and floral fruit flavours, complexed by thyme herb notes. Refined tannins provide a sleek, flowing, linear mouthfeel and fresh, balanced acidity lends poise and liveliness. This is harmonious in intensity and linearity, and the wine leads to a concentrated, refined, lingering finish of black fruits. This is an elegant and refined Pinot Noir with black cherry fruit, lifted florals and a poised and fresh mouthfeel. Serve with poultry and pork dishes over the next 5-6+ years. 100% hand-picked fruit, 50% Bendigo, 35% Gibbston and 15% Bannockburn, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak.

92 points Bob Campbell

 Bold, flavoursome, fruit-focused Pinot Noir with strong plum, dark berry, leather and smoky oak flavours. Rich, weighty wine with an appealing smooth texture and lengthy finish. Sweet fruit is balanced by fine tannins to give a drying finish.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2016 | Send Email
Almost every time Ryan brings in a new Pinot Noir from Central Otago I end up buying a bottle. The Pinot Noir he is bringing in from this region are simply amazing in terms of flavor and value. This new direct import for us has a wonderful bright fruit and spice component. Layers of earth and acid give this wine an amazing complexity and finish. When you add the fact that this wine is $25 it almost seems like a joke. Absolutely delicious.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
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While most of SoHo's operations are based around their estate vineyards on Waiheke Island and in Marlborough...this Central Otago Pinot is not to be missed. SoHo enlisted the expertise of Pinot Noir legend Grant Taylor (Valli Wines) to source, make and blend their Pinot. So basically you are getting Central Otago Pinot, from some of the best vineyard sites in the region, made by one of the most experienced and celebrated winemakers in all of NZ with 40+ years of crafting Pinot Noir under his belt...and all for around half the price of his regular wines thanks to our direct import. The wine is very exotic and aromatic, asian spice,subtle lavender whiffs, ripe berries, sandalwood, clove, star anise, clay, schist minerals and perfectly integrated oak. Quite powerful and rich but finely tuned and precisely poised.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2025

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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.