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Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir

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Cracka Review

This lush, juicy pinot noir from Cloudy Bay shows aromas of red fruits, earthiness and dried herbs on the nose, with just a lick of soft spice. The palate is medium-bodied with red fruited flavours intertwined with savouriness and spice, fine, evident tannins, and a dry, earthy finish. Drink over the next 3-5 years with duck.

Winemaker's Notes

Our 2011 pinot noir captures your senses with immense florals including violets, boronia and flowering wild thyme. Raspberry licorish entices further along with wild strawberry, dark cherries, tabacco & spice. The palate is juicy but balanced by rich forest floor, clove and savoury flavours. Good tension between acid and fine tannins offers a well rounded palate with appealing length. We particularly enjoy our pinot noir with smoked duck breast, grilled portabello mushrooms and rack of venison.

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Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Spice-studded black cherry, macerated plum and blackberry fruit, with higher-toned raspberry notes peering through. Sweetly fruited, chalky and sleek in the mouth, with abundant, ripe tannin and lively acidity.
Good Wine Guide
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Pinot noir has found a new lease on life at Cloudy Bay. Maker Nick Lane reckons not one of the 2002 pinot batches he tasted on his second day here would make it into the blend today. It’s a new world now, with new vineyards, new clones, older vines, a little whole bunch (less than 15%) and winemaking that dares to let the juice sit on its skins to pick up more tannin, colour and flavour. In an impressive season like 2010, the result is a pinot noir of delicacy and elegance yet confidence and focus. Layers of mixed spice meet succulent black cherries and berry compote on the bouquet, while delightful red cherries are the theme of the palate. Finely structured, understated, silky tannins and great persistence promise cellaring potential.
Wine Taste Edition 96
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This is a polished rendition of Marlborough pinot and has more depth and complexity than most: dark toasted spices mingle through deep dark-cherry and plum fruits; some fragrant, perfumed lift too. The palate's laid out on smooth, chalky, fine tannins, delivering ripe cherry flavours and a sappy, tangy finish. Terrific structure and balance here - it's the real deal!
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Cloudy Bay has captured a particularly pretty and complex expression of Marlborough’s signature red-fruited pinot noir style. Classic red cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit is accented with rose hip, pink pepper and notes of forest floor. A wine of linearity, persistence and firmly structured tannins that promise great things over the coming decade.
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
An impressive vintage for Cloudy Bay Pinot, this is a wine built around flavours of cherry, cherry kernel and violets, which swell in the mid palate to build fruit weight on the finish. A dried herb note adds complexity, supported by supple, finely structured tannins, which lingers long.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
I don't know if I've mentioned it, butthis book is being written under the looming shadow of the Bledisloe Cup—which is why I'm trying to knock ofFthe NZ entries early. If it all goes pear-shaped, then fat chance of any Kiwi wine getting a fair go for a very long time. Still, don't blame the wine. I've always believed that far too little attention was paid to Cloudy's pinot, and this balanced, aromatic effort merely confirms that. My favourite Cloudy wine.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Very deep, strong colour for a Pinot Noir. Dark briary, plum and forest aromas run through a complex bouquet; the palate is interesting, with plenty of length and flavour in the plum/briar spectrum but with acidity quite obvious and making the wine somewhat linear.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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