2012 Carrick Estate Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1288492 95 points Bob Campbell

 An elegant Pinot Noir that seemed rather closed at first but built in the glass to reveal a classic Bannockburn style with dark cherry, plum, floral and spice flavours together with some toasty, smoky savoury notes. Worth decanting. Should develop well with bottle age.

93 points James Suckling

 A dark and brooding nose, deep fruits, earthy nuances and a wealth of spiced cherry fruit too. The palate has crisp tannin cut, some dark plum and dark cherry flavour through the middle, savoury and structred Central Otago Pinot here.

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Classic Pinot Noir scents of dusty rose blossom and black cherry emerge from the glass. They're followed by flavors and textures that highlight the tension between slightly herbal and tea-like notes with dark cherry fruit. This medium-bodied wine then glides into a long, finely textured finish. (JC)  (7/2015)

K&L Notes

Winemaker Francis Hutt definitely seems to be drawing the best out of these mature vines at Carrick. After purchasing this Pinot Noir I got an email from Francis thanking me for the support. In the email he gave me the lowdown on how this beautiful Pinot came into existence. Apparently a series of events came to pass that were rather unique. Firstly a sequence of "Super Moons" leading up to harvest; being Biodynamically inclined this is considered to have significant effect on the growing season. Ripe flavors were present in the fruit at very low sugar levels so Francis decided to trust his gut and pick early. Next one of the harvest interns that year apparently found the manual punch down schedule a little challenging so Francis let her go with the flow the wines were "delicately extracted" and rather found their own way! Finally Francis decided not to separate the press fraction from the rest of the wine, he wanted to see the expression of the estate in its entirety, so he employed only a very light press regime. The wine saw no fining or filtration. He finished the email by saying: "2012 will always be one of my most favourite wines, it reminds me that sometimes you just have to back yourself, trust your experience and push the boat out in the direction you think is going to find new uncharted territory and that bringing everyone along on the journey is so important." I hope you'll check out this wine, it's a great drink. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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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.