Crowded House Pinot Noir
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- Ironic having a wine from New Zealand called Crowded House, but we are fairly sure it’s nothing to do with the band, unless times are hard and they’ve moved on from making music to making wine? No, this is actually a Pinot blended with fruit from Central Otago, Marlborough and Nelson, so the end result is complexity and charm with bags of character. So true to the variety, with lots of cherry, spice and earth, the palate is silky, supple and textured with great persistence. If you crave duck, this wine will be your best ally. 80
Maturation: 100% oak maturation, 5% new French oak.
Appearance: Dark garnet red.
Aroma: An alluring amalgam of raspberry, cherry and strawberry fruits with hints of spice and savoury tones.
Palate: Medium-bodied, the palate is silken and seductive with cherry and raspberry flavours to the fore, and undertones of savoury dried spices and earth. Gentle tannins and a fine acid framework ensure these flavours persist on the palate.
Food matching: A great match with classic Italian pizza or meaty pasta dishes, but also pairs well with more serious spring lamb and duck featured meals.
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says:“
Great name for a New Zealand pinot noir - and it tastes excellent too. Oh yes, this is one to grab. It has fruit power and tannin structure, and enough grainy, sappy, spicy complexity to keep you interested but, at heart, just a good hit of cherried flavour. Both charming and persistent. And isn't it great to see a New Zealand pinot land on our shores at a decent price. Drink with chargrilled quail (or, better still, kiwi).The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 200992