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Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir 2015

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

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Garnet red. An appealing mix of red and dark berry fruits, spice and underlying savory and earthy interest. Silken and elegant, with lovely raspberry and cherry flavours and dried herbs in the background. Medium bodied, the palate is finely structured and velvety in texture before soft lingering tannins carry the flavours to a sustained finish with supportive fresh acidity.

Particularly well matched to earthy dishes like fresh pasta with seasonal eld mushrooms and truffle oil.

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Fresh berry fruit, juicy acidity, and sleek texture; notes of forest floor and minerals with a bright and racy finish.
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Catalina Sounds

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Catalina Sounds, New Zealand
The name Catalina Sounds evolved from the majestic Catalina flying boats that played a vital role across the South pacific during and after World War II. New Zealand’s famous and largest warbird, the Catalina is a rare sight, in fact there are only a handful of these beautiful, iconic planes left in the world today, and Catalina Sounds is lucky enough to be associated with one based right here in New Zealand. Through their sponsorship of this rare, passenger carrying, amphibious flying boat they are in some small way helping to ensure the Catalina continues to grace the skies around the stunning Marlborough Sounds and high over the vineyards in the Waihopai Valley where they have made their home.

Catalina Sounds draws inspiration for their wines from these graceful, unique flying boats and the respect in which they are held, together with the pristine and awe inspiring environment of the Marlborough Sounds – right on their doorstep. With attention to detail, they strive for their wines to step outside the norm and show individuality and personality, garnering respect wherever they are poured, while harnessing the purity and vibrancy that Marlborough's climate and landscape are naturally blessed with.

At Catalina Sounds Wines, they are proud to have an on-going association with the New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society and hope to continue past sponsorship of the plane at various air shows and events around the country once she is fully restored and back up in the skies in the near future.

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An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining, stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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