Wither Hills Pinot Noir
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Winemaker Ben Glover has quite a task on his hands, it’ his job to oversee 900 hectares of vines get crushed and produce premium wines fro Wither Hills. His passion is for Pinot and you can see why when you try this marvel from Marlborough. The Pinosity we often talk about at Cracka is apparent, showing bright cherry, spice and silky fruit when young but able to age gracefully and express darker fruits and savoury elements. A supple palate weight shows elegance and balance ensuring that this will work wonders with crispy duck.
Nose: From seductive bright morello cherry, fresh brambly wild berry compote, subtle French oak spice, black olive and lingering ‘blue’ aromatics; this Pinot delivers a youthful evocative Marlborough Pinot Noir.
Palate: The seamless tension, bright acidity and supple ripe fruit tannins, elegance, texture and Pinosity are all bound together with a balanced acid tannin profile delivering the hallmark Wither Hills Pinot Noir.
Food: In its youth this Pinot Noir will pair itself with most foods from smoked eel, game, seared tuna, and Szechwan style foods, through to the more traditional fare of twice cooked duck and my favourite at the moment pork belly with a hint of five spice.
Cellaring: May be cellared for up to 15 years.
Awards and AccoladesPure Gold - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013.
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 2013.
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says:“
On the NZ pinot scale, there's real value here, with good depth of black cherry and plum fruit supported by finely structured and firmly poised tannins. Bright red cherry and ripe berry fruits linger long on the finish.WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 201192
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says:“
This is grown on the Benmorven and Taylor River vineyards, and has New Zealand pinot noir written all over it. It's sumptuous and decadent, if a bit soft and obvious. It smells and tastes of cinnamon toast, oak, cherry cola, sweet green herbs, plums, spice and a vague meatiness. In short: it's yum, plush and ready to hook into now.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 200992
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:“
Medium to fall red-purple; an exceedingly complex bouquet with excellent fruit and oak balance and integration; savoury more than primary fruit; an element of volatile lift is evident but does not mar the wine. The palate has great structure and intensity, with plum and spice flavours supported by perfectly judged tannins.Australian Wine Companion 2001 200197