Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
Our philosphy is to produce a distinctive Marbrough Pinot Noir and the 2008 is no exception. A wonderful core of spice, ripe fragrant plum, and broading forest fruits command the aromatics. The tannins are long, chewy and silky, coupled with sublime acid balance. Adding structure and natural weight to the subtle French oak, spice and coca notes. A hall mark of Whither Hills Pinot Noir is the purity of fruit; dark dense generous elegant flavors and subtle power.
Australian Wine Companion - "Outstanding clear crimson colour; a beautifully articulated and crafted pinot, with effortless red fruit flavours and silky texture; gold medal at Air New Zealand Wine Awards no surprise."
Wither Hills Winery
Wither Hills vineyard has a significant 300 hectares of superb viticultural land nestled in the heart of the region's Wairau Valley. The Wairau Valley is the major grape growing area of Marlborough bordered by the landmark range of hills to the South - the Wither Hills. The vineyards flourish in free draining, silty alluvial loam over deep stony river deposits, providing a near perfect growing environment.
Wither Hills is founded on the sincere belief that the finest wines are always created from exceptional vineyards. The combination of winemaking and viticultural expertise is a powerful one that yields genuine rewards for those who appreciate premium wines. View all Wither Hills Wines
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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5 ratings, 4 with reviews311/29/2011310/31/2011Very tasy, up front fruit, short on the longer taste that one might prefer.210/19/2011I found this wine somewhat harsh - tasted like it hadn't aged enough, even though age-wise it should have been ok.59/30/2011
this was the best pinot noir under $75 I have ever tasted.dark with a wonderful cherry berry taste. nice berry nose. opens up nicely in a prober glass.59/29/2011
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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