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2013 Mount Patriarch Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Located on two river terraces with the mountains standing sentinel, the Mount Patriarch vineyard is a jewel in the crown of the Wairau Valley. The limestone rich soil and unique micro climate allow the team at the winery to grow these grapes organically, which is a rarity in the region. A generous style of pinot with juicy black fruit and cherry flavours, some soft spice is added to the mix through the use of some lovely French oak. Enjoy this with some roasted field mushrooms and Burrata.

Winemaker's Notes

This dry and full bodied red wine, aims to deliver the wonderful fruit expression and complex aromas possible of a Pinot Noir, in a balanced and warmly textured style of wine with a moderate alcohol level.

Nose: Vibrant dark fruits such as black-current, dark cherries and plums, combine with spicy aromas of clove and star anise combine with toasty French oak, give the wine a complex and intriguing nose.

Palate: The generous fruity palate has a round rich tannin structure which is nicely seasoned with smoky caramel oak.

Food: This wine may go well with dishes containing red meats, such as venison and beef, and cheese. Try with Italian cuisine, such a Pizza or Lasagne, and of course it will accompany a cheese board.

Cellaring: Wine will continue to develop over the next two years and may reward further cellaring for up to 6 years.

Alcohol: 12.9%


This wine was made with minimal intervention and following organic winemaking practices. The resulting wine therefore showcases the terroir of the unique Patriarch vineyard site in the upper Wairau valley. A notable feature of this wine is the high proportion of Abel clone Pinot Noir it contains. This wonderful older clone can be fussy where it grows and yet seems to thrive in the Patriarch vineyard. I believe this Abel component contributes extra intensity and depth of colour and highlights the deep dark stone fruit flavours of this wine.

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