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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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  • Amisfield Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Amisfield Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from New Zealand
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  • Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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  • Kawarau Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Kawarau Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Konrad Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Konrad Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Stoneleigh Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Stoneleigh Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
      Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2006
      Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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    • Saint Clair Family Estate Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
      Saint Clair Family Estate Pinot Noir 2006
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Brancott Reserve Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
        Brancott Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Dashwood Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
        Dashwood Pinot Noir 2006
        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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        • Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
          Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2006
          Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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        • Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
          Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Noir 2006
          Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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        • Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
          Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2006
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          • Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
            Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2006
            Pinot Noir from New Zealand
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          • Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
            Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2006
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            • Giesen Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
              Giesen Pinot Noir 2006
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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              • Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
                Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2006
                Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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              • Escarpment Over the Edge Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
                Escarpment Over the Edge Pinot Noir 2006
                Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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                • Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
                  Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2006
                  Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                  • Kim Crawford Rise-and-Shine Creek Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
                    Kim Crawford Rise-and-Shine Creek Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006
                    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                  • Brancott Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
                    Brancott Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2006
                    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                    • Wild Rock Cupids Arrow Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
                      Wild Rock Cupids Arrow Pinot Noir 2006
                      Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                      • Matua Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
                        Matua Pinot Noir 2006
                        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                      • Matua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
                        Matua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006
                        Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                      • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
                        Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
                        Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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