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2017 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1498489 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has attractive, rich and dark cherries and plums, some earth and very rich, attractively captured fruit with brambly notes. The palate has a central core of sweet, ripe fruit, framed and wrapped in chalky, lithe tannins. This has layering and detail, another step in delivering structure in this Pinot. From organically grown grapes. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

95 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark Combining gorgeous fruit ripeness with seductive savoury undertones, the wine shows ripe plum, cherry, cedar, warm spice and dark mushroom characters. The impressively concentrated palate displays excellent weight and plush mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by refined texture and fine polished tannins. Mouthfilling and gratifying with layers of delicious, engaging flavours. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Classic Pinot Noir sous-bois character marks the nose of the 2017 Pinot Noir. There are also attractive hints of blackberries and herbal tea in this medium to full-bodied effort. It's dense and concentrated yet silky and already drinkable, with a lingering, gently tannic finish. Matured in only 15% new French oak, the oak influence is barely apparent, letting the complexity of the fruit shine through. (JC) Inner quote mark

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Juicy and smooth, with an intriguing gunpowder tea note lending a smoky overtone to the black cherry and plum flavors. Dusty tannins and a forest floor hint emerge on the finish. (MW, Web-2019) Inner quote mark


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/22/2020 | Send Email
As far as Central Otago is concerned, 2017 continues to be my favorite vintage hands down. I thought the wines were more structured, and powerful than the wines produced in the scorching hot 2016’s or but more supple and fruit-forward than the highly-regarded 2010s. A cool early season led to small berries that were 10-15% smaller than usual by the time of harvest with a high skin-to-juice ratio that can produce profound wines in the right hands. Mount Edward’s Duncan Forsynth is one of the best winemakers in the region, and the 2017 Mount Edward Pinot now is an absolute landmark vintage for this producer. This nails Central Otago Pinot Noir, showcasing all of its hallmarks: black cherry, charred cranberry pronounced minerality and brambly tannin are all on display here. The palate is generous with its fruit, showcasing an exceptional interplay of acid, tannin and fruit. With small berries, Duncan was able to relax the amount of whole clusters during fermentation, giving the wine softer skin tannins that result in a smooth and silky texture on the palate. This is stone-cold delicious Pinot Noir. For me, there’s nothing in this price point for Pinot Noir, from anywhere, that even comes close.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
Possibly the best vintage ever for this NZ stalwart. This wine always leans into savory, earthy tones but in the best years, (and this year especially) has rich, dark red fruit notes to counter that herbal and dusty quality and balance out the finish. This has at least five to seven good years in it, but drink it now. With cherry skin and mountain potpourri leading the way towards a sweet earth and baking spice core that spirals out lean and long in the back of the palate. One of the top Central Otago's I've had this year.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2020 | Send Email
If organic wine matters to you then get this. If organic wine doesn't matter to you, then STILL get this wine. Mount Edward is a producer I love, and this is a great new vintage of Pinot Noir. Right now it tastes so ripe and so savory, and I think this is going to age amazingly as well. The nose is beautifully herbaceous, a bit stemmy in a great way with dark berries, especially wild strawberries. The palate hits with excellent spice upfront and then that spice carries the whole way through, making it so much fun. Alongside the spice you get nice acidity, catnip pops up, strawberry jam unfolds, followed by blueberry crumble, and then more savory spice humming into the finish.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2020 | Send Email
Made in tiny quantities from two premium, organically farmed vineyards in Central Otago, the Mount Edward Pinot Noir is one of the best values in Pinot in any vintage. 2017 rises another step above. Ripe, vibrant aromas of cola berries, savory strawberries, herbs, baking spice and scorched earth are perfectly balanced and almost intoxicating. On the palate, the fruit is generous, but well framed by nuances of earth, mineral and great acidity. The finish is long, pure and a little too conducive to the next sip -- my bottle disappeared rather quickly! If you love NZ Pinot, this should be at the top of your shopping list.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2020 | Send Email
The superlative 2017 vintage in Central Otago should not be missed by any Pinot fans, not just those who make a point of enjoying one of New Zealand's finest exports. Duncan Forsynth has truly outdone himself with the flagship Pinot this year. The fruit is super pure and bright. Black cherries and succulent plums mingle with blue fruits and are hung perfectly on fully ripe silky tannins from front to back. In addition to the fruit profile, the earthy savor on this wine is out of control. It's got zip and minerality to go with sous bois and braised meats. It's rare to find a Pinot that works equally well as a cocktail wine and a food pairing wine, but this hits the nail on the head.
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