2014 Corofin "Settlement Vineyard - East Slope" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $30)
Light ruby-red colour with slight purple hues on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with firm and tightly packed, intense aromas of dark red cherry fruit with raspberry elements, layered with whole bunch dark herb nuances. The whole bunch complexity is harmoniously integrated, and liquorice notes emerge in the glass. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, the palate features bright, aromatic dark berry and cherry fruit flavours forming a firm and well-concentrated, slender core with subtly interwoven dark herb whole bunch perfumes. The fruit is lush and juicy, enlivened by bright, near-racy acidity. The wine is framed by very fine-grained, flowery tannins, and is carried by the acid energy to a vibrant, concentrated, lingering finish of dark red cherries. This is an elegantly concentrated dark-red fruited Pinot Noir with a fine texture and lively, vibrant mouthfeel. Match with duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. Dijon fruit from the ‘Settlement’ vineyard, Omaka, indigenous yeast fermented with 45% 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
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Settlement Vineyard East Slope Pinot Noir has a gentle stem and dried herb character of the core of red currants, red cherries and cranberries plus hints of lavender, dried leaves and cloves. Medium-bodied, it gives youthful, delicate perfumed red fruit and chewy tannins with a lively backbone and some minerals in the long finish. (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 Settlement Vineyard is located in the Omaka Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand. The East Slope block lies in a NNE orientation and is planted at a density of 4,000 vines per hectare on clay-rich soils. 60% of the fruit was de-stemmed (without crushing) to a small open top vat, with the balance included as whole bunches. The tank was sealed for 7 days at ambient temperature, before being unsealed and pigeage undertaken. Fermentation was warm and rapid lasting 5 days, after which the young wine remained on skins for 21 days before being pressed to barrel. The wine remained 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: 149 dozen."