Mohua Pinot Noir 2012
Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
A silky smooth, elegant Pinot Noir full of cherry, raspberry, licorice and cranberry flavors with brown spice and savory notes.
Tasting Panel - "Fresh and juicy with vibrant cherry fruit and bright acidity; tangy, long and lively with good length and racy style."
Mohua Wines was founded in 2009 to create exceptional wines from some of New Zealand’s highest quality regions. Driven by one family’s passion for great wine-making, our focus is on merging that vision with sustainable practices to craft wines that capture the essence of their environment, while improving the land that creates them. Owned and managed by two generations of the McLachlan family, Mohua Wines combines a talent and love for great wine-making with the desire to preserve and enhance the land from which it comes. Motivated by the wish to create lasting wines from some of the finest grape sources in the southern hemisphere, our family is intimately involved with every aspect of the business, bringing a balance of professional expertise and agricultural skill to every stage of production. Great wine begins in the vineyard – we help it on its journey.
The Mohua is one of New Zealand’s rarest birds, being found now only in some of the most remote parts of the South Island - Mohua Wines is proud to be involved the conservation efforts of this stunning chorister.
Mohua offers wines from two of New Zealand’s best known wine regions - Mohua Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough and Mohua Pinot Noir from Central Otago. 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.