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Alana Estate Pinot Noir

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Alana Estate Pinot Noir

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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
They release this very young - a tactic that can work well with pinot noir. It's all about fragrant fruitiness. There's some alcohol warmth and not a lot of flavour persistence, but it's still a pretty good drink. It tastes of strawberries, cherries and leaf matter, with notes of tar and rose petals in the background. There's a deliciousness here, if not a great deal of out-and-out quality.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
86
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Made by Australian Chris Archer, this delivers bright fragrance, some strawberry fruits and pink musky perfume, then into dark regional cherry aromas, earthy /smoky sweet spices. Complex and engaging. The palate's supple and superbly ripened, really intense regional cherry and earthy grave| fruits bright acid lifts through the finish, tannins fan upwards.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
94
Angus Hughson (2006 Vintage) says
Alana Estate is a relative newcomer although with fruit coming from prime Martinborough terrace vineyards, the quality is no great surprise. While the wines from Central Otago might have fruit density, this is all about perfume, style and grace. Pristine red fruits are joined by wet earth complexity. Silky and focussed in the mouth, its subtle and reserved fruit characters lead to a long and fine finish.
Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
This Martinborough red is typically full of charm - fragrant and supple, with strong, sweet cherry/plum flavours, integrated oak and easy tannins. The 2001 vintage, matured in French oak barriques (25 per cent new), is an elegant wine, ruby-hued, with vibrant cherry and plum flavours, fresh and strong, a subtle seasoning of oak and good weight and depth. The 2002 has a fragrant, complex bouquet, with warm, ripe cherry/plum flavours, savoury, spicy, nutty characters and a relatively firm tannin grip. Best drinking 2005-06.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
This Martinborough red is typically full of charm - fragrant and supple, with strong, sweet cherry/plum flavours, integrated oak and easy tannins. The 2001 vintage, matured in French oak barriques (25 per cent new), is an elegant wine, ruby-hued, with vibrant cherry and plum flavours, fresh and strong, and a subtle seasoning of oak. Showing good weight and flavour depth, it needs a couple more years to show its best.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The 1998 vintage of this Martinborough red is an outstanding debut - a powerful, muscular wine with fine-grained tannins. The 1999 was matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). It's a soft, plummy, sweet-fruited red, spicy and mouthfilling, with good concentration and strong drink-young appeal.
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Youthful purple-red; a rich, very ripe bouquet with a mix of plum and prune fruit; the palate is dense and succulent, with ripe plum fruit and some tannins to give structure on the finish. Needs time, but is full of promise in a baroque style.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
92
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The 1998 vintage of this Martinborough red is an outstanding debut. Harvested at a very ripe 25 brix and matured for a year in French oak barriques, it's a very stylish and fragrant wine with bright, intense colour and warm, ripe, concentrated flavours of plums, spices and oak. A powerful, muscular, chewy wine with fine-grained tannins, it's beautifully crafted and a credit to winemaker John Kavannah. Looks great for drinking around 2001.
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