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
Sourced from four different Marlborough vineyards in both Awatere and Wairau valleys,
the fruit was fermented in pneumatically plunged open top fermenters. All batches had a
minimum 5 day cold soak followed by 7 - 10 days fermentation. Some parcels were
fermented naturally while others were inoculated with commercial yeast. All batches had
extended skin contact post fermentation. The wine was run to a mix of new and used French
oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and oak maturation before bottling in March 2013.
Appearance: Bright ruby red.
Nose: Dark cherries, red berry fruits and bramble notes, with dried herbs and spice in the background.
Palate: Silken and seductive mouthfeel with plush dark cherry fruit, gentle savoury notes and fine integrated tannins which provide a framework to carry the fruit with great persistence.
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