Grove Mill Pinot Noir 2008
Very full and savory in taste, with notes of licorice and chocolate.
Partners exceptionally well with dishes that incorporate mushrooms. Enjoy with lamb, roast pork, venison, duck and tuna.
Established in 1988 by a group of local winegrowers, Grove Mill crafts wines that reflect the best of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley with minimal environmental impact. Their winemaking practices – from establishing a wetland which protects southern bell frogs to its landmark 2006 carbon-neutral certification – protect the nearby Wairau River, which is at the heart of Marlborough’s largest sub-region.
Since their first plantings in 1988 Grove Mill has continued to pioneer vineyard management techniques. They utilize natural and sensitive vineyard practices to enhance the regional character of our wines, which foster and further develop the unique Grove Mill style.
In 2017 winemaker Greg Lane joined Grove Mill, and was subsequently named New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year in 2018. Greg continues to drive and define the style of Grove Mill’s wines – balanced, modern styles of Marlborough wine that give a clear representation of our fantastic vineyard sites.
To produce a Sauvignon Blanc that reflects the Wairau’s diversity of terroirs, they source fruit from multiple home vineyard and premier sites throughout the valley floor and foothills. The resulting spectrum of flavors creates a truly multi-dimensional expression of the Wairau: pure, tropical and passion fruit flavors and aromas with a weighty, layered palate and long, generous finish. These are wines to enjoy today, from a place Grove Mill is safeguarding for future generations.
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.