2014 Corofin "Cowley Vineyard - Main Slopes" Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1252057 92-93 points Raymond Chan

 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.

91 points 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)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

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."

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2016 | Send Email
One of the tinier producers working in the Marlborough region of NZ, Corofin carves out its distinctive personality by going old school. The estate is run by a native Kiwi couple who have been working this land for most their lives, and who adhere to strict sustainable practices. The fruit in this bottling comes from a single vineyard farmed both organically and biodynamically from north-facing slopes perfect for Pinot Noir. This is a light, pretty style that represents the earthiness of the terroir beautifully while delivering a linear, elegant fruit profile. Tasted blind you'd think this was Burgundy worth twice the price.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
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A lovely expression of this great site in Marlborough's southern valleys. The miniscule production Corofin wines are dedicated to producing bright, elegant representations of single block parcels through Marlborough's intricate patchwork of sub-regional terroirs. The Cowley Vineyard is one such unique parcel. Set against the mountain range dividing the Wairau Valley from the Awatere Valley this south facing slope is perfect for utilising the pure sunlight NZ has to offer while the clay soils give the wines great malleability and mid-palate breadth. As with all the Corofin wines the perfume is haunting. Lots of violets, sweet spice and agar wood. On the palate there is a cacophony of soft summer berries, clove and spiced orange peel. The texture is soft and acidity vibrant. This wine has a lovely generosity of fruit but without any excessive extraction or weight. It finishes with drive, precision and a lovely floral lift from the whole cluster component. This is dynamic and expressive Pinot of top quality...shame there isn't much to go around!
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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.