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Sherwood Estate Pinot Noir 2013

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

Winemaker Notes

This is a really polished Pinot Noir that seems to be evolving nicely, from when we first tried it. A light translucent rudy red color gives way to aromatics hinting at mocha, orange zest and a light earthy spice note which overlays the lifted red berry fruit tones on the nose. Medium to medium-fuller bodied, this has engaging suppleness in the mid palate that is accentuated by the sleek, silky tannins that buttress the core of sweet red berry fruit flavors. Sweetly fruited with a touch of savoriness on the finish, this has nice persistence and sneaky length.

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WS 89
Wine Spectator
Sleek and bright, with a focused core of juicy raspberry, cherry and cranberry flavors, accented by fresh earth, black pepper and crushed rock notes. Finishes with a chorus of baking spice, mineral and loam details. Drink now through 2022.
WE 89
Wine Enthusiast
Already showing a bit of fading color at the rim, this is relatively lightweight and silky in feel—seemingly destined for immediate consumption. Notes of ripe cherries, roasted beetroot and fresh greens are suitably complex, ending on a slightly dusty note.
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Dayne and Jill Sherwood planted their first wines on their West Melton property in 1986, and haven't looked back. A small winery with restaurant attached, they are rising fast among the top producers in Canterbury.
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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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