2013 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir Marlborough
Taut, elegant and quite complex Pinot Noir, with an array of flavours including cherry, raspberry, violet, anise and spicy oak. The wine has a nice balance between alcohol and fruit sweetness, with fine tannins giving a drying and layered finish. It opened up as it sat in the glass and deserves to be decanted or aerated before serving.
The style of pinot that Cloudy Bay have set themselves up around is a bold, brassy and assertively oaked style but the bold and ripe brambly dark cherry fruits are up to the task. Then there's gentle citrus peel along with earth, spices and herbs. The tannins are strong but smooth, and there's plenty of freshness and energy on the palate. Flavoursome dark cherry fruits run deep. Drink in 2016.
This wine boasts subtle black cherries and plums, framed in a bed of toasty, mocha-tinged oak. It's rich and silky, with a discreet dusting of cocoa on the long finish. (JC)
Medium red. Serious, slightly reduced aromas of red fruits and underbrush. At once plush and firm, communicating an impression of medicinal reserve to the flavors of cherry, raspberry and menthol. Finishes with a suave but serious dusting of tannins and sneaky length. This restrained but fairly rich wine boasts noteworthy concentration and shows little in the way of easy sweetness. Well done. (ST)
Detailed, with concentrated raspberry coulis and wild strawberry flavors. A crisp mineral edge and dried floral notes mix with spice, cedar and fresh earth accents, which crescendo on the long finish. (MW)
Now sourced entirely from premium southern valleys vineyard sites and a much smaller production than their world famous Sauvignon Blanc. If you haven't checked out Cloudy Bay's Pinot Noir the great 2013 vintage is a perfect time get on board.