Mohua Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
The 2009 Mohua Pinot Noir has aromas of violets, dried fruits and cherry. The palate has sweet cherry, plum and raspberries with full mouth feel, fine tannin structure and a long warm finish.
Wine Spectator - "Ripe, juicy raspberry and cherry flavors are fresh and refreshing, with a great tangy acidity. Fresh herb and minerally sea salt details come in on the finish. Drink now through 2019."
International Wine Cellar - "Palish bright red. Lively, high-pitched aromas of cherry, raspberry, smoke and flowers. Nicely concentrated and complex, conveying a strong impression of solid soil-driven extract to go with its red fruit and smoke flavors. Sweet tannins are nicely supported by the wine's stuffing. The finish is classically dry and salty."
The Mohua range of wines are proudly brought to you by Peregrine Winery, Central Otago, New Zealand. Since its first wine release in 1998, Peregrine Winery has quickly established itself as one of New Zealand’s iconic producers of handcrafted wines, reflecting and personifying the pristine environment in which these wines are nurtured. The winery has in subsequent vintages been awarded numerous international and domestic trophies, gold medals and accolades for all the varietals that are passionately crafted, in what is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The "Mohua" wines are named in honor of one of our rarest birds, now found only in some of the most remote parts of the South Islands pristine rainforests. View all Mohua 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.
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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.