2013 Mount Edward Estate "Morrison Vineyard" Pinot Noir Lowburn Central Otago

SKU #1228421 96 points Bob Campbell

 Distinctly different to the regular label, with greater purity and a stronger focus of sweet plum and cherry flavours. There is also a fine wet stone/mineral influence and a subtle seasoning of fresh herb and spicy oak flavours. Impressive wine that gives a strong sense of place.

96 points James Suckling

 It seems that 2013 was a great year for Mount Edward's pinot noir wines. This single-Lowburn-vineyard bottling has a dark and brooding cherry and plum nose and is gently tarry, though there's also a slight undertone of creamy oak. Plenty of fleshy fruit comes forward along with a really confident frame of tannins that are finely cast, holding the flavors long and deep. This is finishes with lingering, plum-stone tang and butty, smooth ripe tannins. Seriously good pinot. Drink in 2017.  (5/2015)

96 points Sam Kim

 This is elegant yet powerful and multi-dimensional, delivering perfumed aromas of red/black berry, floral, mixed spice and thyme with a hint of nutty complexity. The palate is equally delightful and intriguing with superb mid palate concentration, beautifully enhanced by fine texture and extremely long, delicately dry finish. A wine destined for a graceful future. At its best: 2016 to 2028.

K&L Notes

One of the single most impressive Central Otago Pinots I can across on my travels last year. This "Morrison Vineyard" bottling from Mount Edward is simply stunning. Picked from the tiny remaining block of Pinot Noir on this Lowburn sub-region vineyard the wine is so packed with flavor and intensity and yet remains so elegant and refined. The aromatics soar with purple fruits, exotic spice, violets, thyme and subtle sweet oak tones; very perfumed wine, quintessential Pinot Noir. On the palate everything is silky, fine and perfectly polished. Lovely fruit weight, dynamic acidity and exquisite length on the finish. Really top notch, world class Pinot Noir. A tiny production of less than 200cs total. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
A very fragrant, refined edition of this tiny single vineyard bottling from Mount Edward. This is selected from specific blocks of old vines on the Morrison site that grown in areas with slightly more clays over the schist moraines gravels. The result is a texturally exquisite wine with downy fine tannins, pure, compact layers of refined fruit and long, long persistence on the palate without the need for heavy extraction, oak, or any other distracting winemaking artifact. The pure vinous material from a great site. The only issue is the minuscule production...there isn't much to go around.

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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