Voss Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
A strongly varietal wine with smoky dark chocolate and hints of red berry on the nose. The palate is silky with a satin texture. The wine has a lovely poise, almost feminine in character. Dark plum, cherry and red fruit flavours are juicy and nicely balanced with minerality. There is an underlying spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon which we expect will become more predominant as the wine ages. Our Pinot styles have been evolving over the years as we attempt to move away from blockbuster high alcohol wines. This wine reflects that philosophy. The fruit is ripe but not jammy. The tannins are fine and well integrated as we aim for complete harmony of flavours. We have been judicious in the use of new oak – only 20%. The natural acidity gives the wine spine and suggests it should age gracefully for ten or more years. Spice and truffle flavours will continue to develop as the wine ages – one for the cellar.
Wine & Spirits - "When first poured, this seems compressed, warm and thick in its beetroot and strawberry scents. Floral notes emerge at the end of the finish, hinting at the gracious wine underneath. With air, the compression unfolds to tension, florals arrive and evaporate into the kind of strawberry transparency that makes a fine Pommard so appealing. An illusionist of a wine, in keeping with that character trait of pinot noir."
Wine Spectator - "Layered and concentrated, with great depth to roast duck, Asian spice, black cherry and black pepper flavors. Spice, gravel and fruit nuances harmonize gracefully, with game meat carpaccio and green tea lingering on the firm finish. Drink now through 2012. 150 cases imported."
Wine Enthusiast - "This small Martinborough producer continues to excel. The 2006 is a little less savory than some past vintages, but compensates by offering pure black cherry fruit framed by vanilla and cinnamon. Pinot Noir's elusive texture is captured by silky waves across the palate, which take on a velvety edge on the finish. Drink now-2015."
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About MartinboroughView a map of Martinborough wineries (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 these three regions are interchanged, but know that all three names mean the wine has come from the bottom tip of New Zealand's North Island.
Notable FactsThe grape making the most splash from the area is Pinot Noir. It is the region's most planted variety and the one getting the most attention. However, being that it's the neighbor of Sauvignon Blanc land, Marlborough, it uses these climate similarities to produce delicious wines from that grape as well.
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%.
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Light & Fruity
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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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