2014 Corofin "Cowley Vineyard - Main Slopes" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $30)
Even ruby-red colour, a little lighter edged. This has an elegant, softly fragrant nose of red cherry and berry fruit with subtle herb and red floral aromas. This possesses finesse and is expressed with refinement, unfolding nuances of herbs, liquorice and dark red fruits with aeration. The whole cluster component is integrated and harmonious. Medium-bodied, juicy and succulent aromatic red floral and red berry fruit flavours show with ethereal floral lift. The fruit is supported by subtle tannin extract and structure, lending fine-grained textures, and the acidity is balanced, providing freshness and tension. The wine carries with fine drive and linearity carrying through to a delicate, aromatic, but sweetly rich, lingering finish. This is a refined, aromatic red fruited Pinot Noir with floral lift and a balanced, fresh mouthfeel. Serve with firm-fleshed seafood and poultry over the next 5 years. Dijon fruit from the ‘Cowley Family’ vineyard, Ben Morven, indigenous yeast fermented with 40% whole clusters and ‘mini’ pump-overs but no punch-down to 13.0% alc., the wine on skins 23 days aged 14 months in 2-5 y.o. French oak.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Cowley Family Vineyard Main Slopes Pinot Noir has a pale ruby-purple color and nose of minted raspberries, kirsch and violets with garrigue and mossy bark hints. Light-bodied and delicately flavors with buckets of finesse and nuances, it has a silken texture and long lively finish. 91+ (LPB)
Corofin is an amazing small project run by Mike and Anna Patterson. Their focus is on boutique production, single vineyard / block wines that represent special sites with unique and distinctive characters. They make litterally a few barrels of each wine with the utmost care and attention. I was super impressed with the wines on a recent trip to New Zealand and we now have a small allocation of the three 2014 vintage releases. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "The Cowley Family Vineyard is located in the Ben Morven foothills of Marlborough's Southern Valleys. A magnificent site planted intelligently and nurtured meticulously by the Cowley family. Facing NNE, the Main Slopes are planted at a density of 3,800 vines per hectare on clay-rich soils formed through the slow mixing and layering of glacial outwash and volcanic uplift. 55% of the fruit was de-stemmed (without crushing) to a small open top vat, with the 45% balance included as whole bunches. The tank was sealed for 5 days at before the lid was lifted and pigeage undertaken. Fermentation was warm and rapid lasting 6 days, after which the young wine remained on skins for 23 days before being pressed to barrel. The wine rested in barrel until late March 2015. The young wine was then racked to tank where it was settled for 4 months before being bottled without fining or filtration late July 2015. Total production: 223 dozen."