2015 Cognizant Pinot Noir Marlborough (Te Whare Ra) (Previously $20)

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2015 Cognizant Pinot is made specifically for us at K&L by one of the top producers in NZ - Te Whare Ra (TWR). This is the second release of Cognizant Pinot Noir after the last one sold out in a hurry after TWR's Pinot was rated the highest in NZ by Decanter Magazine. This is a beautifully fresh, fragrant, pure fruited, silky Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from TWR's home block in Renwick and a neighboring hillside block called "Rawiri Vineyard". Only 112 cases of the stunning little Pinot were made. Floral, lifted, exotic spice notes dominate the explosive nose. Juicy, ripe berries, some darker edges, very soft and luscious on the palate but without any "heaviness". This is such a great quaffing wine; very versatile with a wide array of foods. This is an exceptional value in Pinot Noir. Ryan Woodhouse (K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/21/2017 | Send Email
Wow! I wrote my tasting notes before seeing the price. Buy a case! I thought this wine drank like a solid $16.99 NZ Pinot, but I guess because of the collaboration between K&L and some of our Kiwi winemaker friends we are getting a smoking deal (!?!). So here we go: fresh (not baked) black cherry meets ripe strawberry and ground white pepper to kick off an energetic nose. A second swirl and sniff are required to dig deeper and you find secondary notes of earthy bramble, rose water, toast and now black pepper. On the palate the wine has real presence; mouth filling without being flabby or flat. The lifted style does offer savory character and the bouquet reflects the flavor profile in a very satisfying, spice accented finish.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2016 | Send Email
'Why can't we all just get along?' Well, it's nice to see this hopeful thought works somewhere in the world. Take for instance, wine, where for several seasons now our resident Kiwi guru Ryan Woodhouse has collaborated with the fine folks at Te Whare Ra in Marlborough to create superbly crafted, small production bottlings from select fruit. Their achievement is your gain, as this modestly-priced Pinot Noir possesses varietally pure aromatic elements, evocative of wild berries, black plums and cherries, with a savory, mid-weight mouthfeel and excellent delineation on the smooth finish. Coming in at only 13.5% ABV, it would make an excellent, well-balanced red for Thanksgiving dinner and throughout the holidays.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
Basically declassified TWR (Te Whare Ra) showing bright black cherry and dark plum fruit, anise, pepper and other spices and a full, layered mouth-feel. This is an amazing deal in a Pinot of depth, complexity and weight.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2016 | Send Email
It is light in color and very aromatic, almost perfumed; a very pretty wine. Cola, cherry, plums on the palate. Medium body. I would serve it with a very light chill with spicy foods or even richer fish.

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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 (%): 13.5