2015 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1356289 96 points James Suckling

 This is in fine form, delivering a more concise and complex expression than has been seen under this label before. It's the brand of clever refinement that brings clarity and revelation in the wine. There's so much on offer. Dark and red cherries, forest wood, herbs, leaves and attractive spicy flavors. Tannins crest smoothly up through the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.  (12/2017)

94 points Sam Kim

 Beautifully complex and fragrant, the bouquet shows dark cherry, clove, dried herb, floral and toasted almond characters. It is wonderfully weighted on the palate, delivering attractive fruit intensity together with rich savoury nuances, brilliantly supported by fine tannins. The wine is stylish and delectable, and offers fabulous drinking. At its best: now to 2023

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Slightly darker fruited and more concentrated than the 2016 TED, the 2015 Pinot Noir remains a medium-bodied offering, redolent of rose petals, black cherries and spice. Only 15% new oak was used, so it remains in the background, letting the fruit shine and leaving the fruit tannins to carry the structure. They spread out across the palate, fanning out on the finish to leave behind a gentle coating of silky dryness. (JC)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2018 | Send Email
Classic Central Otago nose; dark cherry dusted with wild thyme polished with just a whisper of oak spice. Texturally this does what only Pinot can do, it is broad, soft round yet taught and focused with the right amount of tannin and acid to support but not intrude. A rich and dry Pinot with lots of lingering berry and spice notes. It is charming now and I think will just get better and better.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2018 | Send Email
Could this be the best ever Mount Edward Pinot Noir? It's fairly early to say but it might just be! This is showing beautifully right out of the bottle; a perfect varietal mix of bright, floral, perfumed, exotic fruit combined with wild thyme, brambles and earthy nuances that are utterly seductive. Central Otago Pinot Noir almost always has great fruit but very few have the layers and complexity this wine possesses. On the palate the texture is silky and svelte; fresh, juicy and expressive as a young wine but clearly packed with character and intrigue that will continue to unfold for many years to come. Mount Edward has long been a staff favorite and perennial best seller here at K&L and this wine will no doubt cement that position - it's rocking wine I couldn't be happier recommending.
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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2018 | Send Email
I can't possibly think of a better example of top quality Pinot Noir from Central Otago. Winemaker Duncan Forsyth has made every right move here. This wine is fresh, elegant, and super expressive. The balance of fresh fruit and dusky tannin is spot on and the minerality from the tight soils of the region punches through. I was truly blown away by this one and am excited to see the critics agree with me. This is a winery that should be a household name and is far and away one of the top in the region.
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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2018 | Send Email
Lifted aromas of ripe red cherries, followed by a bouquet of fresh herbs, soil, and cola. On the palate, red and dark berry flavors are complemented by tertiary notes of cherry candy and cola once more. I find the soft and plush finish quite appealing in this Central Otago pinot noir. Drink now; will continue to drink nicely over the next 3-5 years

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2018 | Send Email
There is a great perfume here, with deep red fruit and a spiciness that could put it in the Côte de Nuits. The palate is almost effortless with great purity, bright acid, crunchy red fruit, and impressive depth. It lingers with notes of baking spices and stays light on its feet through a compelling finish. If I had the patience, I would watch this evolve over the next five to ten years. But as good as it is now, and at this price, it's going to be difficult to resist. Another superb effort from the folks at Mount Edward.

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Varietal:

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.
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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