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2016 Crowded House Pinot Noir

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Cracka Review

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 with fruit from Marlborough, 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.

Winemaker's Notes

A terrific growing season for Pinot Noir resulted in well balanced crops and lovely flavour development and freshness. Moderate in alcohol at only 13%, the wine is beautifully aromatic with flavours of cherries, raspberries and deep red florals. The palate is plush and soft, with French oak tannins carrying the sweet fruit to a sustained finish.

Geographical Indication: Marlborough.

Vineyard: Fruit for the wine was sourced from the Wairau, Awatere and Southern Valleys.

Winemaking: Fruit was de-stemmed and transferred to open top fermenters for at least a 3 day cold soak. When signs of natural fermentation were obvious, the tanks were warmed, allowing fermentation to get into full swing. The ferments were plunged twice daily until dry, before an extended maceration on skins for up to 7 days. Once pressed, the wines were run to French oak (10% new) for natural malolactic fermentation and maturation for a minimum of 6 months. The wine was blended in January 2017 before bottling in February 2017.

Food Match: Great with your favourite pizza and meat or mushroom based pasta dishes.

Cellaring Potential: 3 - 4 years.

Alc/vol: 12.9%

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2016 Crowded House Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Powerful asparagus and capsicum aromas, followed by velvety soft, sweet, stone-fruit palate.
Winestate 20082009
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 2009
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