Dashwood Pinot Noir 2012
Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
Our Pinot Noir is bold, fresh, direct, elegant and balanced. It delivers dark cherry, plum and blackberry fruit notes and soft, well-integrated tannins.
Wine & Spirits - "Here's a fresh, floral pinot noir with full-on richness, its texture providing a comfortable velvet nap. There's a tangy orange spice to the aroma, but the main takeaway is that textural finesse. This is made by Glenn Thomas at Vavasour, blending fruit from their local Awatere vineyards with grapes from Wairau. It's a simple pleasure and a great buy for casual entertaining. "
James Suckling - "A bright, engaging, approachable pinot noir that takes plenty of ripe cherry and boysenberry fruit, lightens it nicely with crunchy acidity and frames it in smooth, supportive tannins. Finishes juicy and upbeat. "
The Dashwood brand was developed by Vavasour Wines in 1989. Given the commitment to using the Vavasour brand for wines true to the Awatere Valley, it provided flexibility within the company's portfolio to have the Dashwood range as a blend of fruit from Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys.
Dashwood wines bring the luscious, clean fruit characters of the Wairau Valley into harmony with the flinty, or mineral, characters of the Awatere (resulting from the comparatively cooler but drier temperatures and slightly less fertile soils). Created by long-standing winemaker, Glenn Thomas, who joined Vavasour in 1988, Dashwood wines are made in an earlier drinking style than those carrying the Vavasour brand and are considered outstanding value for money by wine buyers across the globe. View all Dashwood Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
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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7 ratings, 5 with reviewshrndfrg - Huntsville, TX410/7/2014Miles P - Collierville, TN49/17/2014
A good value. Light, fruity and smooth. Better than many pinot noirs that cost twice as much.cmala - Charlotte, NC29/9/2014
- Light & Fruity
Not crazy about this one . . . La Crema is my fave Pinot. This was a bit more airy and sweet.spershall1260 - Houston, TX38/15/2014
- Light & Crisp
I read the reviews before buying and this is listed under the "Smooth" category, but it's not as fruity or smooth as we would like. A little bit more on the dry side too.48/5/2014Wilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA46/4/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Looking south of the equator for a fine pinot noir, you can stop right here. The nifty 2012 Dashwood offers tremendous finesse and richness; very soft tannins (but they are there) and plenty of red fruit, with some dried citrus peel. Not overpowering, just delicious.gwendolyn - Oakland, CA56/3/2014
- Earth & Spicy
- Pair With
- grilled pork tenderloin
All around classic Pinot for under $15 - bright red fruits, baking spices, lovely acidity and supple mouthfeel. I bought a case for myself and dinner parties because it is one of those fantastic every day wines that goes with all sorts of foods. You won't need a special occasion to pull it out for dinner, but you won't be disappointed.Related Products
- Smooth & Supple
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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