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Martinborough Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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13.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A warm year has produced a rich, concentrated and elegant Pinot Noir with supple savory tannins. In its youth the nose shows black cherry, dark chocolate and Asian spice notes that will typically change to savory, earthy characters as the wine ages. On the palate the layers of dark fruits are beautifully entwined with soft, velvet tannins and a seamless texture. This wine exhibits power and poise and will age gracefully for 10+ years.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aged one-third in new oak for 12 months, the 2008 Pinot Noir has brambly dark fruit on the nose with notes of wild hedgerow, a touch of strawberry, crushed stone all with fine definition, yet demonstrating a sense of restraint. The palate is medium-bodied with dark berry fruit, dark cherry, apricot and Chinese 5-spice. Good acidity, spicy towards the finish with moderate length, this is a Pinot with good 'stuffing' and it should age well over 5-8 years. Drink 2011-2018.
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Martinborough

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Martinborough, Martinborough, New Zealand
Martinborough Vineyard was founded in 1980, when five enthusiasts - Derek Milne, his brother Duncan, Duncan's wife Claire Campbell, Russell Schultz and his wife Sue - planted vines in the deep alluvial gravels. The arrival of Larry McKenna towards the end of 1985 added a winemaker and sixth partner to the venture and began what has become a Martinborough winemaking success story. It is a track record of consistent excellence which most can only marvel at. At a national level, Martinborough Vineyard has won gold medals or better for every Pinot Noir since 1986. In 1989, it won no less than five trophies at one show - for best Muller Thurgau, Riesling,Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Best Wine.

Martinborough

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Part of the Wairarapa region in the southern end of the country’s North Island, Martinborough is a bucolic appellation full of artisan, lifestyle wine producers. Above all else, their goals are to tend vineyards for low yields and create wines of supreme quality. Pinot noir is the main grape variety here, occupying over half of the land under vine.

Comparing topography, climate and soils, the region is nearly identical to Marlborough except that it produces top quality reds on the regular.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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