2014 Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1268157 94 points Decanter

 Dark cherry, plum and dried raspberry, full of energy and tension, with oak spices. Dry, generous and fruity, fine silky tannins are tense and flavourful.

94 points Sam Kim

 Warm, soothing and inviting, this is a gorgeous young pinot showing all the hallmark of a great one. Fragrant aromas of dark cherry, plum, earthy mushroom and spice with a touch of vanillin oak lead to a silky-smooth palate that is filled with rich texture and seductive flavours. The wine is generous and opulent, yet poised and elegant, finishing superbly long and delicious. At its best: 2016 to 2024.

93 points Raymond Chan

 Dark, deep ruby-red colour with black hues at the heart, lighter edged. This has a very fresh and aromatic nose with bright and vibrant dark red cherry and berry fruit lifted by violet floral perfumes and entwined with layers of savoury thyme herbs, spices and complexing undergrowth elements. The nose is elegantly presented and grows in intensity with aeration. Medium-full bodied and elegantly proportioned, the palate features bright and lively, sweet dark red berry and cherry fruit at the core. The fruit is lifted by dark red and violet florals, and unfolds complexing savoury dried thyme herb, earth, undergrowth and subtle whole bunch stalk notes. Fine-grained supple tannin extraction lends an elegant framework and fresh, lacy acidity enhances the fruit richness, adding to the tension and line. The wine carries to a very long, sustained finish with juicy, savoury fruit notes. This is an elegant, vibrant, lively and sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with layers of savoury interest and complexity. Match with mushroom dishes and wild duck or pork over the next 5-6+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 115, 5, 667 and 10/5 from vineyards including the ‘Mt Maude’ site, indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine spending a month on skins and aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barriques.

92 points Bob Campbell

 Rich, flavoursome Pinot Noir, with bright red cherry, spice, anise and an influence of French oak. The wine is dry with an appealing texture and an impressively lingering finish. Stylish wine with a distinctive character that reveals a sense of place.  (8/2015)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pretty, fresh and moderately high-toned nose mixes notes of cranberry, cherry, raspberry and discreet spice and tea nuances. There is a round, suave and seductive mouth feel to the nicely rich medium-bodied flavors that possess a good level of dry extract that helps to buffer the reasonably firm acidity on the clean and mildly warm finale. While not super complex, at least not yet anyway, this is well-made and there is much to like.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir has a complex earth, mineral and spice led nose over a core of red cherries, red currants and pomegranate. Light to medium-bodied, it is very fine in the mouth yet possesses very good intensity, finishing with earthy layers. (LPB)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

I have long enjoyed Maude's wines; they are quite distinctive in that they are powerful but quite linear and focused. There is plenty of pure Central Otago fruit but the shape on the palate is elongated and refined rather than fleshy and broad. I always want to describe them as being defined by small, compact berry fruits...the wines feel highly polished and honed but the winemaking is actually very non-invasive and minimalist...perhaps it's just the quality of fruit being used here? The wines are made by a dynamic duo, husband and wife wine making team Dan and Sarah-Kate Dineen. Fruit is selected from some of the best sub-regional sites in Central Otago including Maude's dramatic hillside home block in Wanaka. Traditionally fermented in open fermenters, hand plunged and all wild yeast. After 10 months maturation in 30% new French oak the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2016 | Send Email
I loved tasting this great Central Otago gem when our buyer was able to bring this wine over for us to enjoy. The wine is pretty, focused, rich, and elegant. For the minimal intervention techniques that this wine making team employs, it is surprising the amount of precision and generosity the fruit gives the palate. This is a great bottle, at an even greater price for the Pinot Noir lovers out there to enjoy.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2016 | Send Email
The light color reminds me of a Burgundy. Very nice aromatics of cherries, cola and woodsy spices.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14