Martinborough Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.8%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
A warm year has produced a rich, concentrated and elegant Pinot Noir with supple savory tannins. In its youth the nose shows black cherry, dark chocolate and Asian spice notes that will typically change to savory, earthy characters as the wine ages. On the palate the layers of dark fruits are beautifully entwined with soft, velvet tannins and a seamless texture. This wine exhibits power and poise and will age gracefully for 10+ years.
"Aged one-third in new oak for 12 months, the 2008 Pinot Noir has brambly dark fruit on the nose with notes of wild hedgerow, a touch of strawberry, crushed stone all with fine definition, yet demonstrating a sense of restraint. The palate is medium-bodied with dark berry fruit, dark cherry, apricot and Chinese 5-spice. Good acidity, spicy towards the finish with moderate length, this is a Pinot with good 'stuffing' and it should age well over 5-8 years. Drink 2011-2018. "
The Wine Advocate
- 12/9/2012 (45 items) (viewed 157 times)
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Martinborough Vineyard was founded in 1980, when five enthusiasts - Derek Milne, his brother Duncan, Duncan's wife Claire Campbell, Russell Schultz and his wife Sue - planted vines in the deep alluvial gravels. The arrival of Larry McKenna towards the end of 1985 added a winemaker and sixth partner to the venture and began what has become a Martinborough winemaking success story....
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(mahr-tin-bore-ooh) Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of...
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