2016 Carrick "Unravelled" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Previously $20)

SKU #1328018 Raymond Chan

 Even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the edge and youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and tightly bound, quite elegant and slender in presentation, with pure aromas of dark-red and black cherries, dark herbs and violet florals. This is fresh and youthful, and yet to unfold. Medium-full bodied, the palate has bright, vibrant and juicy flavours of dark-red and black cherries, along with soft notes of dark herbs and violet florals. The fruit is balanced by a light, grainy tannin structure encasing the fruit, and soft acidity. The fruit vitality reveals an array of floral perfumes and the wine flows with good energy to an elegant, lingering, sweet fruited, gently textured finish. This is a bright and vibrant dark cherry fruited Pinot Noir with herb and violet fragrances, and positive tannin structure, body and grip. Match with poultry, pork, beef and lamb over the next 4 years. Clones 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777 from vines planted in 1995, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 12% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 4,000 dozen made. 17.0+/20  (5/2017)

K&L Notes

The winemakers at Carrick place high importance on having their own winery, right there in the vineyards. That way, they can make harvesting decisions based on what is best for the wine, rather than following some outside template. This gives them the flexibility and control to process their grapes in the best possible way: gently and organically. Winery note: "Carrick Unravelled is our early drinking offering for Pinot Noir lovers. It's essentially a declassification of wine from the Carrick vineyards, so it has all the care and attention of the other Pinots, but bottled earlier with less new oak."

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2018 | Send Email
This is a single vineyard wine, not labeled as such, that is over 20 years old. This could be one of the best introductions to this region that I have had in several years. The nose is classic Central Otago, dark cherry and that wild thyme herbal note. It is seamless yet does not lack focus. It glides all to easily across the palate, an open bottle will soon be an empty bottle. Easily best QPR pinot at K and L.

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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.