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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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    Giesen Brookby Road Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Giesen Clayvin Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Giesen Clayvin Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Amisfield Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Amisfield Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Mohua Pinot Noir 2012  Front Label
    Mohua Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Peregrine Pinot Noir 2012  Front Label
    Peregrine Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Greywacke Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Greywacke Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Tohu Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Tohu Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Woollaston Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
        Woollaston Pinot Noir 2012
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        • Opawa Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Opawa Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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          • Wild South Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
            Wild South Pinot Noir 2012
            Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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            • Giesen Waihopai Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Giesen Waihopai Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Villa Maria Taylor's Pass Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Villa Maria Taylor's Pass Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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            • Spy Valley Envoy Johnson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Spy Valley Envoy Johnson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Saint Clair Family Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Saint Clair Family Estate Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Stoneleigh Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Stoneleigh Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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              • Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2012
                Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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              • Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2012
                Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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              • Matua Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                Matua Pinot Noir 2012
                Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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