2012 Tongue In Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1181051 95 points Bob Campbell

 Impressive Pinot Noir with cherry, plum, mineral and savoury/wild herb flavours that are less "fruity" and more "vinous" than most. This is powerful Pinot with a sustained finish and surprising richness and complexity.

95 points James Suckling

 Another delicious Pinot that sports much of the same character as the 2011, although this is a more detailed version, more precise and closely honed. The nose has unmistakable fragrant sandalwood notes, some cola and a bright blue and red fruit core, chalky elements and a twirl of wild brackeny whole bunch aromas amid mocha and spice oak. In the mouth, it's all smooth-honed texture and lithe juicy fruits with nut-ripe tannin and sweeping fleshy presence. Long, fresh and enduring flavours with the right mix of power and elegance. Great drinking now, plenty of complexity and narrative in the glass, will develop well too. Watch this one.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2012 Waipara Valley Pinot Noir has a delicate nose of red plums, red currants and crushed raspberries with hints of underbrush, lilacs and dried earth. Light-bodied with lovely elegance and yet fully ripe with subtle red berry and earthy notes supported by silky tannins, it finishes with good length.  (1/2015)

K&L Notes

94 points Wine Orbit: "A moody, savoury, engaging pinot; it's sweetly fragrant on the nose displaying complex aromas of dark cherry, plum, floral and hints of dried herb and vanilla. The palate is concentrated and rounded with excellent mid palate weight and rich texture, perfectly framed by abundance of polished tannins. The finish is superbly long and pleasingly dry. The wine is immensely appealing and thought-provoking at the same time. At its best: now to 2020."

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2015 | Send Email
This beautfiul Pinot is so light and spicy, yet sneaky powerful and complex. Driving, super fresh red fruits, forest floor, rose petal, dried herbs, and zesty acidity. Flat out incredible Pinot Noir from one of our favorite new wineries!

Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2015 | Send Email
There is great depth and complexity to this Pinot Noir that really makes it stand out. I can understand all the high point marks and accolades it has received. This wine is layered with notes of cherries, wild raspberries, violets, earth, and spice. The finish lingers long and pleasantly. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this gem.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2014 | Send Email
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Tongue in Groove is an amazing new project from some of the savviest folks in the NZ wine biz. Ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynnette Hudson leads the team creating these spectacular wines from some of the best vineyards in the country. Her many years of experience and expertise crafting Pinot Noir and Riesling (Tongue in Groove’s obvious focus) show in these stunning wines with silky textures, purity and depth. The “Vine Tender” is Nick Gill, is one of the most talented viticulturalists in NZ. As we know, one of the most important elements of any wine is what goes on in the vineyard! Managing Director is Angela Clifford, she is the one who pulls together Tongue in Groove’s wacky personality and hones it into one pretty slick package! The distinctive labels each represent a different character from the group of friends behind TIG and the designs illustrate their individual personality traits; just like the character of the wondrous, diverse, expressive wines inside the bottles!

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2014 | Send Email
Bright crunchy red fruit--cranberry, cherry and strawberry with medium-plus acidity. Zippy acid and fleshy fruit make this Pinot hard not to love!

Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/20/2014 | Send Email
This one is the more earthy of the two tongue in groove pinots we're offering. The bright red fruit here is complemented by noticeable leather and dark cherry with a dark underbelly of minerality.

Staff Image By: Mellyn Craig | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2014 | Send Email
If you like Pinot Noirs with more restrained fruit, then this Cabal/Smith Vineyard is a must try! The nose on this wine is very aromatic with pretty floral notes. There is a lot of pepper, herbs and minerality on the palate with soft fruits such as dark cherry and raspberry. The tannins are very polished and the long finish will have you reaching for more.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
Very light and peppery for a Pinot Noir. I really enjoyed the zippy Rhone-like flavor for a change. It's like a lighter Syrah or a spicier Pinot Noir. Very dynamic and easy to drink.

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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.
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