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Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Pinot Noir 2014

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750ML / 14.3% ABV
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750ML / 14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The nose of the 2014 Te Wahi Pinot Noir leads with red and black cherries, black plum and rich Christmas cake spices. As the wine unfolds, smoky flint and floral flavors appear. Complex, earthy and structure, this wine is the definition of a new Pinot Noir place. The wine is youthful on the palate with sweet fruit framed by bright acidity. The texture is supple with a velvety, yet firm tannin structure. The finish is long, focused and complex.

Great pairings for Te Wahi include wild game and duck, venison and wagyu beef.

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WW 94
Wilfred Wong of
An impressive effort, the deeply colored 2014 Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Pinot Noir shows power with excellent restraint. While the wine shows loads of black fruits and chewy earth, it stays just this side of going over the top. Youthful now, the wine is just beginning to show itself. (Tasted: August 4, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
JS 93
James Suckling
A fragrant, floral pinot that is a blend of the Calvert and Northburn Station Vineyards in Central Otago. Notes of sappy and stone-flecked red-cherry fruits with spicy and smoky complexity; the palate is succulently ripe and has a handy freshness. Long-layered tannins abound with plenty of juicy plum and dark-cherry flavors. Drink now.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
The tannins are velvety, firm and dense, lending intensity to the fresh earth, white pepper, bright cherry and raspberry flavors at the core. Earl Grey tea and licorice notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 600 cases imported.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
A very New Zealand take on pinot noir, this starts out reductive, herbal and blunt, then opens to velvety tannins and rich red fruit that carries some passion-fruit thiols. Decant it for roast beef.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Cloudy Bay's latest vintage is the first from their own vineyards in Central Otago and reflects a step up in quality despite a challenging vintage. Plummy fruit dominates the rather chunky wine, framed by hints of toast and dried herbs, while moderately dusty tannins and bright acids mark the finish. Drink 2018–2025.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Somehow, I missed reviewing this wine last year, instead looking at the 2015. The 2014 Te Wahi Pinot Noir boasts beautiful aromas of roses, black tea, orange rind and pie cherries. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, with earthy, cola-driven flavors and some charred, smoky overtones but without the extra layers of texture found in the 2015 or 2016.

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Cloudy Bay Vineyards, established in 1985, is today a partnership between champagne house Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and co-founder of Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, David Hohnen. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing 'wines of region' and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavors naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough. The winery and vineyards are situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has estate vineyards located at prime sites within the Wairau Valley and long-term supply agreements with five Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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Home to the globe’s most southerly vineyards, which are cultivated below the 45th parallel, Central Otago is a true one-of-a-kind wine growing region, but not only because of its extreme location.

Central Otago is more dependent on one single variety than any other region in New Zealand—and it isn’t Sauvignon blanc. They don’t even make Sauvignon blanc there.

Pinot Noir claims nearly 75% of the region’s vineyards with Pinot Gris coming in a far second place and Riesling behind it. This is also New Zealand’s only wine region with a continental climate, giving it more diurnal and seasonal temperature shifts than any other.

The subregion of Bannockburn has enjoyed the most success historically but the area’s exceptional growth has moved to the promising regions of Cromwell/Bendigo and Alexandra districts. Central Otago is known for its fruity and full-bodied Pinot noir. With the freedom to experiment here, growers and winemakers are easily exhibiting the area’s great potential.

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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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