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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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  • Kumeu River Hunting Hill Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
    Kumeu River Hunting Hill Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Auckland, New Zealand
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    • Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
      Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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    • Nautilus Southern Valleys Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
      Nautilus Southern Valleys Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Huia Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
      Huia Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
      Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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    • Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
      Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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    • Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
      Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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    • The Crossings Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
      The Crossings Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Greenhough Nelson Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
      Greenhough Nelson Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Nelson, New Zealand
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    • Tiki Estate Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
      Tiki Estate Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
        Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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        • Wairau River Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
          Wairau River Pinot Noir 2015
          Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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          • Mohua Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
            Mohua Pinot Noir 2015
            Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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          • Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
            Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir 2015
            Pinot Noir from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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          • Escarpment Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
            Escarpment Pinot Noir 2015
            Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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          • Matua Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
            Matua Pinot Noir 2015
            Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Villa Maria Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
              Villa Maria Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2015
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
              Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2015
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
              Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2015
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Staete Landt Map Maker Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
              Staete Landt Map Maker Pinot Noir 2015
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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              • Kalex Alex K Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                Kalex Alex K Pinot Noir 2015
                Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                • Greywacke Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                  Greywacke Pinot Noir 2015
                  Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                • Loveblock Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                  Loveblock Pinot Noir 2015
                  Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                • Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                  Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2015
                  Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                  Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015
                  Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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