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2017 Nor'Wester by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury

SKU #1436046 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is an absolute bargain considered the level of quality and deliciousness here. From the cool climes of North Canterbury, this is on the robust side for the region. It bounces in tones of tangy cranberry, baking cherry, clove, cinnamon and crushed mineral. The tannins are well integrated, taut and sappy, allowing room for the crunchy berry and warm spice notes to shine. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

93 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Gently aromatic wine with bright cherry, crushed herb, anise, spice and nutty oak flavours. A supple, accessible, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with character and sophistication. It offers good value at this price. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

93 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark Wonderfully fruited and immediately appealing, the bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, warm spice and cedar characters, leading to a succulent palate that is supple and beautifully rounded. The wine offers terrific fruit intensity and silky texture, finishing long and delicious. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a dark-fruited, rich and succulent, cherry-flavored Pinot that has immediate appeal and delivers so much rich, fresh cherry flavor in a simple, drinkable guise. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Nor'wester Pinot Noir (a reference to the prevailing winds) offers up a pleasing combination of mossy oak, savory, meaty notes and ripe cherries. It's medium-bodied, with a soft, dusty tannin structure and mouthfeel, and a lingering, silky finish. Nicely done. (JC) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fresh and vivid, offering a crisp mix of berry and pomegranate flavors that show green, herbal notes and muscular tannins. Elements of spice and tobacco linger on the finish. (MW, Web-2019) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

New Zealand’s Central Otago tends to steal the show for New Zealand Pinot. But for bright, focused, cool-climate Pinot Noir, it’s impossible to beat the value coming out of North Canterbury. Greystone is a top producer here and is named for the grey-colored, limestone-rich soils in their vineyards. Limestone soils are a common thread among great Pinot Noir—from Burgundy in France to Calera in California. The 2017 Nor’Wester is a great example of exceptional Pinot Noir made in conditions perfectly suited to this variety. There are three major components here: black fruit, earthiness, and savory. They interplay in a way that brings a ton of depth to the glass, with black cherry, black raspberry, forest floor, and leather all playing off one another in each sip. *organic*

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2020 | Send Email
The Nor Wester is back with a bang. Despite the 2016 being one of our best-selling New Zealand Pinot Noirs of 2019, the 2017 is even better. I’ve spilt a lot of ink shouting the praises of New Zealand 2017 Pinot, and the 2017 Nor Wester is another perfect example of how against all odds, New Zealand ended up with one of its best vintages in a decade. The Nor Wester is dark and concentrated; there is a remarkable amount of depth to this Pinot Noir. The touchstone here is without a doubt Cote de Nuits in Burgundy--but with a quality-to-price ratio that is absolutely off the charts. In fact, you just don’t see Pinot Noir this good at $20 anywhere else. Full and round on the palate, there is a ton of minerality to this wine, with brooding, earthy components. Plenty of tannin gives this wine excellent grip along with bright, focused acid. This wine is an unstoppable value, and one of my absolute top picks in the store.

By: Lauren Seward | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2019 | Send Email
Another stunning Pinot hailing from the lesser-known North Canterbury. At $20 a pop, this earthy and savory red is a real steal. The richer tones are met with bright red fruit, some spiciness, and a fresh acidity, rounding this out as a truly food-friendly wine. This would be a option to buy by the case and not worry about popping open on a Tuesday night – while still genuinely enjoying what’s in the bottle.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2019 | Send Email
What a remarkable bottle of Pinot Noir for the price point. This has it all: a stunning nose of crushed flowers, woodsy spices, damp earth and fennel; juicy, forest berry fruits, anise, black cherry and subtle cracked peppercorn. Silky on the palate with bright, crunchy acidity and super fine tannins. It's very refined and layered for an inexpensive bottle...totally over delivers. Impressive stuff.

By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2019 | Send Email
If you want to know what the nose of a great Pinot Noir should be like, pick this up. The fruit is sweet and bright, but it's tempered with a really lovely dark earthiness...It's absolutely intoxicating. On the nose alone, this wine over-delivers! On the palate, it's a simple being; fresh red fruits laced with a bit of smokiness / brambliness. As a weekday wine, this is exactly what I want; a compelling nose that I can enjoy all evening long with the simplicity that should pair perfectly with many of my simple weekday meals.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2019 | Send Email
Greystone has done it again with a beautiful cool climate moderate alcohol pinot at a great price. Bright acidity and juicy fruit combine for pure pleasure drinking. Silky smooth tannins provide just enough structure without overwhelming the palate - a very Burgundian style coming out of Canterbury that deserves a place on the table.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2019 | Send Email
This is serious Pinot Noir at a very fun price point. This is aromatic, structured and fresh. High toned aromatics with nice depth, with layers of spice and earth. The palate has some concentration and fresh acidity. This wine is a perfect bridge from the New World to the Old.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
.The nose of this wine shows some serious quality fruit, bright while still showing depth. On the palate this wine shows weight and a bit of stemmy grip to give the wine some structure and resonance. The finish is a bit condensed but still shows lots of character for a wine of this price-point carrying through a lot of fruit and earth

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