Konrad Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
A full purple magenta color. The nose is lush with ripe dark Pinot fruits. Plum, black cherry, licorice and spice dominate while a lovely smokiness from high quality French oak adds dimension.
The palate is a powerful Pinot statement, rich dark, sweet fruits fill the mouth and layer as the palate builds. Chocolate, mocha and licorice support the fruit intensity while fine, ripe, powdery tannins add weight, richness and length.
A definite keeper, this wine has the structure to age for 8 to 10 years.
"Good full red. Aromas of dark raspberry, bitter chocolate and wild spices, with more floral lift than the bottling from Marlborough. Suave and fine-grained but also serious and dense, with suggestions of raspberry liqueur and dark chocolate. A nicely concentrated young Pinot Noir with plenty of palate presence, not to mention good sappy life in the mouth. Finishes firmly tannic and persistent. I'd hold this for a year or two before pulling the cork."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
International Wine Cellar - "Good full red. Aromas of dark raspberry, bitter chocolate and wild spices, with more floral lift than the bottling from Marlborough. Suave and fine-grained but also serious and dense, with suggestions of raspberry liqueur and dark chocolate. A nicely concentrated young pinot noir with plenty of palate presence, not to mention good sappy life in the mouth. Finishes firmly tannic and persistent. I'd hold this for a year or two before pulling the cork. 89(+?)"
The company is fully owned by Konrad and Sigrun Hengstler. They originally migrated from Germany to Australia and then, having decided to become involved in the wine industry, made the move from there to New Zealand to plant Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Marlborough. Riesling was added with the first planting to produce a dry, austere style Riesling. The plantings also include Pinot Noir, the ideal red grape to suit the diurnal climate of Marlborough. View all Konrad Wines
About Central Otago(oh-TAH-go)
The southernmost vineyards of the world lie here in Central Otago. Unlike most other New Zealand appellations, Central Otago is inland - nestled right in the middle of the southern island. Its lack of proximity to water creates weather more continental than maritime, leading to big temperature shifts – hot during the day, significantly cooler at night.
Notable FactsThe region's continental climate, paired with the variety of soils found in the area, make Central Otago perfect for growing the finicky Pinot Noir grape. Covering almost 80% of the area planted with vines, Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety, and the wine it creates from the region is receiving rave reviews for its balanced purity and intensity. Some Chardonnay is grown here, but Pinot is king.
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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.2 out of 5 stars
4 ratings, 2 with reviewsMary R - Huntersville, NC38/7/2011Mtn_Hobbit - Littleton, CO35/31/201155/29/2011
The best Pinot Noir we've had in a while. Plenty of fruit, but not too much. Subtle complexity.25/25/2011Good pinot for the price. Not much here in terms of fruit or acidity, but a good bottle for a week night.
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