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New Zealand Pinot Noir

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New Zealand Pinot Noir has jumped onto the world wine stage with recent but rapid growth in quality and recognition. Pinot Noir didn’t develop a significant presence in New Zealand until the late 1980’s, and production stayed small in the beginning. But plantings doubled between 2003 and 2013, quality jumped and the world took notice. This is partly due to the propogation of one specific clone, the Abel clone (named after the customs agent who discovered vine cuttings hidden in a boot) that is rumored to be originally from Burgundy’s famous, Domaine de la Romanee Conti.

Pinot Noir is grown throughout New Zealand, but the majority hails from the South Island. The most important North Island region is Wairarapa, near the southern tip. Here the thin, poor soils and frost danger keep yields low. But the long growing season and dramatic diurnal temperature shift lead to dry, earthy Pinot Noir wines that in good years, show terrific red fruit and lovely depth.

The South Island in New Zealand has three regions of great significance. Marlborough Pinot Noirs hail mostly from the Awatere Valley, which is slightly drier and cooler than the Wairau Valley. The grape is grown for both sparkling and still wines, with the latter showing improvement as the vines age. The Canterbury region is composed of small producers making handcrafted Pinot Noirs that show tantalizing promise. Finally, Central Otago in New Zealand is the world’s southernmost wine region. Summers here are short but extremely sunny and dry, with cold nights that preserve grape acidity. Otago Pinot Noir wines show earthy and herbal notes, as well as vivacious red fruit flavors that are as bright as they are ripe. It is unusual, in fact, to find a Pinot that is under 14% alcohol. Taken together, New Zealand Pinot Noirs offer a wealth of delightful options for fans of this variety.

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  • Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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    • Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
      Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2014
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
      Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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    • Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
      Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2019
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Peregrine Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
        Peregrine Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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      • Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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      • Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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      • Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from New Zealand
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        • The Better Half Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
          The Better Half Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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          • Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
            Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Canterbury, New Zealand
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          • Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
            Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
            Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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          • Shelter Bay Homestead Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Shelter Bay Homestead Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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          • Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
            Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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              • Dashwood Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Dashwood Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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              • Momo Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                Momo Pinot Noir 2017
                Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                • Fire Road Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Fire Road Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                  • Yealands Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                    Yealands Pinot Noir 2019
                    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                    • The Crossings Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                      The Crossings Pinot Noir 2017
                      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                    • Greywacke Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                      Greywacke Pinot Noir 2017
                      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                    • Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                      Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018
                      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                    • Escarpment Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                      Escarpment Pinot Noir 2017
                      Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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