2014 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1297201 95 points Bob Campbell

 Attractive savoury Pinot Noir with floral, fresh herb (thyme?) and cherry flavours. Moderately concentrated wine with a core of appealing sweet fruit. An elegant Pinot Noir.

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir has a pronounced nose of red currants, black cherries and mulberries with underlying notes of yeast extract, tar, beef drippings and game plus a waft of forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate provides a great concentration of complex savory / earthy, red and black berry flavors with a solid structure of firm, ripe tannins and lively acidity, finishing long and layered. 94+ (LPB)  (2/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 A deep, dark cherry and plum style with plenty of depth and interest on offer. A subtly earthy and herbal edge to the nose with a plump and voluminous palate and plenty of flesh. Tannins are velvety, A very attractive, long and satisfying palate. Drink now.

93 points Raymond Chan

 Dark, deep ruby-red colour with some black and purple hues, a little lighter edged. The nose is rich with vibrant dark-red cherry and cherry fruit aromas harmoniously melded with a layer of dried herbs and thyme, along with piquant red florals and subtle whole cluster stalk and peppery suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses rich and succulent dark-red berryfruit flavours entwined with notes of thyme herb and red florals. The mouthfeel has fresh, lacy acidity enhancing the fruit richness, and fine-grained tannin extract provide a balance, integrated core and line. The wine carries to a fresh, lingering finish of red fruits and florals with herb nuances. This is a gently rich and succulent, red-fruited Pinot Noir with subtle herb and floral notes, a fresh mouthfeel and fine tannin structure. Serve with poultry and pork dishes and Asian cuisine over the next 5-6+ years. Dijon clone fruit from the 'Morrison', 'Muirkirk' and 'Pisa Terrace' vineyards indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 15% new French oak.

K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: "The 2014 Pinot Noir is carefully blended from 3 vineyards in the Lowburn and Bannockburn sub regions; our estate vineyards of Morrison and Muirkirk plus grower vineyard Pisa Terrace. All are farmed using certified BioGro organic practices. The vineyards are planted with a mixture of the Dijon clones and cropped at an average of 35 hectolitres per hectare, all vineyards being planted between 1997 and 2000. The wine was vinified using open fermenters, hand plunging, natural yeasts, and 11 months in French oak (15 % new) before racking and settling in tank for a further 4 months. Fermentation was carried out using de-stemmed fruit including the addition of 25% whole bunches. The wine is perfumed with lovely aromatics, there is a range of complexed fruit notes of darker berryfruit, some spice, savoury tones and dried herbs. It has a silky and lush texture, concentrated fruit power yet finely balanced with fine tannins throughout and long in flavour. No filtration or fining, deposits may form. Organically grown and made."

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2017 | Send Email
Consistently one of my favorite Pinot Noirs among our selection from New Zealand, and the first bottle I grab when I want to introduce a customer to the wines of the Central Otago region. Big. Bold. Black-fruited. And with a savory element from the inclusion of 25% whole clusters. Absolutely textbook. And an absolute delight to drink.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2017 | Send Email
Compared to the Wanaka Rd bottling, you can sense the darker tones to the fruit, the more serious structure, and the fact that this Pinot Noir, while terrific now with a meal (quick suggestion: grilled lamb chateaubriand served with roasted fingerlings), is built to improve in bottle. Mount Edward continues to make the best value Pinot Noir in New Zealand, which in turn places them amongst the best value Pinot Noirs in our selection.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
This is an extremely well-rounded Pinot Noir from one of my favorite Central Otago producers. Mount Edward really puts their focus on high quality fruit coming out of the vineyard so they can practice minimalistic, non-interventionalist winemaking in the cellar. Their gentle, hands-off approach is very evident in the elegance and refinement this wine displays. Twenty-five percent whole cluster adds structure to bright, red fruits and the unfined and unfiltered approach gives depth and intricacies that may otherwise be stripped out. This is a great overview of Central Otago as a three vineyard blend and should be in the house of seasoned Pinot lovers and newbies alike.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2017 | Send Email
This wine strikes a balance between fruit notes and savory qualities that I really enjoy about New Zealand Pinot Noir. It is clean and pure with plenty of cherry, red currant and blackberry and has a hint of freshly cracked black pepper both in the nose and on the palate. Cheerful acidity and a lasting finish ties everything together, making this a tasty anytime wine.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2017 | Send Email
I can't think of a better barometer for Central Otago Pinot Noir than this bottling from Mount Edward. This bottle selects fruit from both of Mount Edward's estate vineyards (Muirkirk and Morrison) plus grower's fruit from the esteemed Pisa Terrace Vineyard. All of thee sites are certified BioGro organic and each one is situated in a different sub-region of Central Otago. Therefore from this wine you get a fantastically panoramic vinous expression of the region encapsulating many of its intricate terroirs into one beautifully integrated package. The skill of the assemblage lies with Duncan Forsyth and his trusty right hand gal Anna Riederer. Here they forge a unity between the power and depth of Bannockburn, the silky textures and elegance of Lowburn and the youthfully vibrant aromatics and bright lift of Pisa. It's a fantastic bottle offering richness and intensity of fruit but also some beautifully subtleties and nuances driven by place. The wine is textural and complex; very giving now in its youth but has plenty of stuffing to last a decade in the cellar should you wish. The only flaw with my barometer analogy is that if you chose this wine as your gauge for quality you are likely to be seriously disappointed by the vast majority of other wines even close to this price. With our winery direct relationship this price is ludicrously low given the producer's pedigree, huge accolades and sheer deliciousness of what's in the bottle.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2017 | Send Email
Central Otago is one of my favorite regions in New Zealand for Pinot Noir particularly. I love the savory yet clean and bright profile that the grape tends to assume in this region. Mount Edward is definitely one of the top examples for Central Otago Pinot. This bottling includes a few key vineyard sites to showcase the power and depth of the area as a whole. Here you have dark, exuberant berry fruit contending with an almost herbal, brambly note and lovely wet clay earthiness. The wine is made with wild yeast, and organic farming, so you have very little manipulation here, allowing the true character of the terroir to shine through.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2017 | Send Email
Dark and savory Central Otago Pinot Noir! Lush dark cherry fruit backed with a touch of oak and plenty of that savory herbal Central Otagoness. The palate is round with moderate tannins and fresh acidity. The fruit really comes to the forefront with that herbal tone and a nice counter point on the finish.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2017 | Send Email
This toasty, bacony Pinot Noir from Mount Edward reminded me of some of the bigger, high end Oregon Pinot Noirs, but at half the price! If you love your Pinot with substance, but still dry and long, this is a must try!

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2017 | Send Email
This organic, unfined and unfiltered wine is deep, dark and somewhat brooding in nature. There is plenty of sweet black cherry fruit to accent the forest floor and spice notes that linger on the bright finish. This is a big, bold bargain that drinks well above its price and should not be missed.

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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