2013 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough (Elsewhere $40+)
Marlborough Pinot Noir is severely under-recognised. Some superb bottlings have emerged over the years. Fromm, Villa Maria, Auntsfield, Saint Clair, TerraVin and Te Whare Ra to name a few. The Greywacke is another one up there. At present about 20% whole bunch. Maybe more can work well? Moderately dark ruby-red with slight purple hues. This has a full, deep nose of ripe dark raspberry and cherry fruit with an array of soft red fruits and florals, the faintest whole bunch herbal detail, some toasty oak spices. Full-flavoured and mouthfilling layers of flavour unfold. It isn't the ripest and darkest in fruit, but the interplay of soft red fruits, florals, herbs, spices and toasty oak is sensational to me. Soft and supple textures enhance the opulence and the wine carries effortlessly to a lush and exotic finish.
It is sweetly fragrant and beautifully complex on the nose displaying dark cherry, clove, vanilla and cedar characters with nuances of truffle and dried herb notes. The palate offers excellent fruit concentration and rich texture, beautifully structured by loads of polished tannins. The wine flows effortlessly to a lingering, gratifying finish.
*** #37 on Top 50 NZ Wines of 2016 *** A bright, crunchy and slightly earthy pinot that comes from the Southern Valleys of Marlborough, this has a spiced red cherry and smoky edge, raspberry and red plum too. The palate's very composed and settled, the 20% whole bunch use is really nicely worked into the wine, tannins are assertive and yet smooth. The red cherry fruit has center stage, succulent, textural, clay soils deliver the right tannins here. Drink now and for 5+ years.
A fragrant Pinot Noir with floral, violet, black cherry, a hint of wood smoke and spicy oak flavours. A supple, elegant and seamless wine in an accessible style, but with medium-term ageing potential. A wine with power that's delivered with subtlety.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple in Color, the 2013 Pinot Noir has a beautifully fragrant nose of crushed cherries and cranberries with lavender, violet and dried leaves suggestions. Medium-bodied, the palate offers great concentration with tons of red berry and baking spice flavors supported by finely grained tannins and finishing long with a herbal lift. (LPB)
The 2013 vintage was a solid one for Pinot Noir in just about every corner of New Zealand. This is medium-bodied and slightly creamy-textured, with dark notes of cola, mocha and plum, spiced up by hints of cinnamon and clove. The lengthy finish is supple and velvety. Drink now–2025. (JC)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Sexy musky reduction to the aromas of black cherry, raspberry, plum, earth, gunflint and spices. Fat, plump, round and generous; still a touch reduced and hiding its fruit but quite mouthfilling. Aeration brought out flavors of strawberry, red plum and spicy, cedary oak and a savory complexity. Finishes juicy and dry, with a serious dusting of fine tannins and very good length.
This fantastic new release from NZ wine legend Kevin Judd is flat out delicious and a smoking deal with our hot pricing. This wine sold out quick last year and is in limited supply. For decades Kevin Judd was the founding winemaker and guiding genius behind Cloudy Bay. He is one of the most respected, experienced and talented winemakers in the southern hemisphere. The 2013 Pinot has lovely exotic aromas and flavors of lifted Asian spices, sandal wood, ripe red fruits, floral hints, ground clove; the palate is perfectly proportioned, medium bodied, with soft fruit, silky tannins and spice that lifts the finish with well integrated oak teasing it out long on the palate. Very expressive and representative of this excellent vintage. A well judged synthesis of a great vineyard and expert winemaking talents; this is sure to be a winner. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)