2005 Kawarau Reserve Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand (Elsewhere $36)

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A great Reserve Pinot from organic (BioGro Certified) Kawarau Estate in New Zealand's exceptional Central Otago region. This 2005 Reserve bottling is a classic example of a rich, dark-fruited Central Otago Pinot made all the more interesting with the time in bottle. The fruit concentration has mellowed a touch to allow some subtle earthyness to show through the silky tannis. The secondary flavours of this wine add complexity to an already solid bottle of Kiwi Pinot. Enjoy with chicken or lighter roasted game. An opportune purchase allows us to offer this wine to you at a really great price! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ & Aussie Wine Specialist) Winemaker's Notes: "Our Reserve Pinot Noir is open vat fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak barrels of which +/-25% are new with the balance being 1-5 years old. Harvested from our oldest vines in four or more distinct lots of which around 25% are whole bunch pressed, the wine is fermented with wild yeasts and undergoes minimal fining and filtration. Sweet berry fruits and savoury flavours are combined with spicy characters on the palate to produce a rich and elegantly textured wine. It is a powerful, complex style of wine."

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/29/2012  | Send Email
Kawarau was one of the first to plant vineyards in the Mt. Pisa Flats sub-region of Central Otago and has been certified Bio-grow since 1996. Winemaker Dean Shaw makes the wine here as well as for a number of other labels in Central Otago and has gained respect over the years for a non-interventionist approach to winemaking. This is a KILLER DEAL for a Reserve Pinot Noir at half the normal price and is not only showing very well, it's showing added complexity from some secondary developement. The bouquet shows notes of black cherry, flat cola, earth ,light forest floor and a hint of dried tangerine peel. On the palate there are supple refined tannins and a hint of mocha that leads to a long finish. Only 30+ cases were available of this wine, so act now!

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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.
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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.
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