2014 Corofin "Settlement Vineyard - East Slope" Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1252058 92 points Raymond Chan

 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.

91 points 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)  (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 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."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
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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. This tiny parcel is from one of Dog Point's vineyards. Farmed organically, this hillside parcel produces highly aromatic Pinot bursting with exotic red fruits, bramble, baking spice and warm earth tones. The palate has the concentration one would expect from this steep, exposed site. The quality of the viticulture is apparent by the purity of fruit to be found here and beautiful balance of natural acidity. A succulent, deep Pinot with tons of varietal character and charm.
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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.