2015 Fromm "Quarters Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $40)

SKU #1318893 95 points Sam Kim

 Made from grapes grown on clay loam soils in the Brancott Valley, the wine offers graceful mouthfeel and texture, wonderfully enhanced by complex flavours of dark fruit, game, nutmeg, thyme and mixed spice. The wine is elegant and persistent, and offers waves of attractive fruit, spice and savoury flavours. Only 1 barrel made. At its best: now to 2024. Certified Organic.

94 points Bob Campbell

 From 16-18 year-old vines grown on an organic vineyard in the Brancott Valley. Appealing sweet fruit balanced by fine, drying tannins has produced an accessible wine with cellaring potential. Bright acidity gives the wine energy. Plum, cherry, floral, violet and subtle nutty oak flavours. Distinctive wine, a useful new addition to the range.  (2/2017)

94 points James Suckling

 An impressive wine for the density and the vibrant red and dark cherry fruits it delivers on the nose and palate. Gently herbal and nicely spicy, there's an earthiness to both the aromas and the palate texture. Tannins run long and fine. Nicely groomed. Expands out to the finish. Drink now and for some years to come.  (12/2017)

93 points Raymond Chan

 Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter edged. The nose is elegant, very soft and harmoniously presented with gently interwoven aromas of dark-red berry and cherry fruit, along with subtle notes of fresh herbs and lifted dark-red florals. Black cherry notes emerge from the core with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has gently mouthfilling flavours of sweet and lush dark-red berry fruits and hints of strawberries, fresh herbs and red florals. The wine has an attractive balance and flows smoothly and seamlessly with supple tannin extraction guiding the fruit. The acidity is softly ripe and integrated, and the wine carries to a gentle, light, red floral and berry-fruited finish. This is a harmonious, smooth-flowing Pinot Noir with red fruits and florals, supple tannins and structure. Match with poultry dishes over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Quarters’ vineyard, lower Brancott Valley, clones 115, 777, Abel and 5, vines 16-18 y.o., on clay and silt, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins and aged 16-18 months in 10% new oak. Certified BioGro Organic. 300 bottles made.

K&L Notes

I'm pretty sure this is K&L's first "single barrel" exclusive wine! Fromm used the majority of the fruit from thier "Quarters Vineyard" to form the backbone of the 2015 flagship "Cuvee H" Pinot Noir named in honor of long time winemaker Hatch. However one special, distinctive barrel was kept aside for a tiny single vineyard expression destined exclusively for their New Zealand mailing list customers. During my discussions with Fromm about our direct import allocations of their highly sought after 2015 releases I managed to convince them to sell the entire barrel to us (minus a couple cases for thier own cellars and library)! So we ended up with exactly 234 bottles of this delicious wine! It's classic Fromm - balancing wild, brooding fruit with savoury earthy tones. Brambly berry fruits, freshly turned soil, clove and sage. Medium bodied with super fine tannis and a pure, lifted acid line. It's a baby so give it a good decant if drinking before 2020. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2017 | Send Email
Single Barrel, cask strength Pinot Noir! Not sure if I've ever started a wine review like that before...but yes this is a single barrel wine that we (K&L) bought every available bottle of (234 bottles were left for us after Fromm's own wine making team took some for their own cellars)! Quarters vineyard is an organically farmed block up in the famed Brancott Valley. The soils consist of clay and fine silt giving a softness and generosity to the wines grown here. Bramble fruit, ripe raspberry, sweet wood spice. The palate is medium bodied with beautifully soft silky tannin. The fruit profile is quite exotic, with plenty of energy and flow. Warm earth notes mingle with macerated berries and sandalwood. Eminently drinkable right now with some air but an easy one to lay down for 5-10 should you desire. I'm so happy the folks at Fromm entrusted us with this tiny production, single vineyard wine - Cheers to them!

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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