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2015 Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir

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We’ve been watching Kiwi Pinot Noir with interest for a while and with good reason, as it’s really beginning to emerge as a star performer. This Pinot from Catalina Sounds is one of those easy drinking, medium-bodied reds that you’ll be hard pushed to stop slurping back. We call these addictive wines, the ones you want to get another quick hit of. It’s a classy, single vineyard wine that oozes charm and sophistication. A nose of strawberry, earth and red-fruited intensity that leads to a complex and savoury palate with hints of tobacco and soft tannins. The acids are fresh and balanced ensuring the wine has a good future.

Winemaker's Notes

An alluring mixture of dark berry fruits, lifted florals and spice with underlying savoury notes. The palate is elegant and silken with wild, dark berry flavours and gentle dried herb notes. Medium-bodied, the palate is structured and graceful with plush fruit and exceptional fruit and tannin integration which lingers in the mouth.

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2015 Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
The 2008 vintage was grown in Marlborough and matured in French oak casks (20 per cent new). Ruby-hued, with a hint of development, it is medium to full-bodied, with cherry and herb flavours, showing some savoury complexity. Ready.
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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Grapes from various New Zealand regions are used to make this wine. As a snapshot of the 2007 New Zealand pinot noir vintage, then, it doesn't look overly promising. There's a good amount of complexity here, but there isn't the power around it to set it off. It tastes of smoke, sap, dried herbs and sour cherries, with beetroot-like fruit flavours washing throughout. It tastes like pinot noir -which is a good thing - just not a particularly convincing.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
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