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2019 Matt Connell "Rendition" Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1498484 95 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark Combining richness with grace, this stunning Pinot shows dark cherry, spiced plum, thyme and toasted nut characters with a hint of dark mushroom complexity. The palate displays outstanding concentration and depth, while remaining elegant and harmonious. Splendidly structured by refined tannins, finishing superbly long and engaging. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

94 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Moderately concentrated Pinot Noir with plum, dark cherry, mocha, cocoa powder and spicy oak flavours underpinned by juicy acidity and soft tannins. The wine has an interesting savoury and dried herb edge that adds complexity. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2020 | Send Email
When Matt Connell emerged on the Central Otago wine scene a few years ago, we were quick to reach out and start direct importing his wines to K&L. As one of New Zealand’s rising stars with stints everywhere from Elk Cove wines in Oregon to Wynn’s in Australia, Matt has proven himself to be one of the most exciting winemakers in New Zealand to date. With the exceptional 2019 vintage, it’s thrilling to see what he can do with a classic Central Otago warm vintage. The 2019 “Rendition” comes out swinging. With aromas of black berry, raspberry compote, and dark cherry, the power seems to radiate out of the glass. On the palate, wild strawberry, black fruits and savory undertones are displayed with a sense of extraordinary balance and drive. The tannin profile is softened, and the light hint of French Oak complements the depth and sweetness of fruit on the palate. A stunning achievement by one of Central Otago's new classic winemakers.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2020 | Send Email
This wine is special. Central Otago brings an intensity and purity like few other places in the world, and this bottle synthesizes that verve more perfectly than almost any other. Lush - in a word - but with long, clean lines cutting a fine hem to the festive, opulent palate that ebbs against that precision with wanton abandon. Following a wonderful nose, classic cherry, sweet tea, and bramble and dust play roulette in the mouth and finish long after leaving. A wine for happy times.

By: Tim Telli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/5/2020 | Send Email
A new vintage of Rendition just arrived and I was very excited to try this as I thought the 2018 was stellar and an exceptional deal in Pinot Noir from anywhere. The nose has hints of sandalwood and licorice. Subtle spices and loads of forest floor and underbrush flavors. This is dark fruited with some citrus notes. Beautiful balance and integration. I love the complexity and flavors of Pinot Noir from Central Otago and this really delivers on that. This wine is still very young and will only improve over the next year or so and then should last for at least 5 years, but probably much longer thanks to its screwcap finish. A very well made wine from a producer to watch.

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