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Kawarau Estate Pinot Noir

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The Central Otago region in New Zealand is one of the most dramatic and inhospitable regions on the planet, yet they mange to make Pinot of immense purity. The Kawarau has the added bonus of being crafted with organic fruit to ensure that when paired with a mushroom risotto it will be a flavor explosion. Expect sweet fruit aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant before a palate of gentle tannins that has grip and persistence.

Winemaker's Notes

A very good season for both the region and Kawarau. An early and mild spring with only a few frosts allowed for some good canopy growth. Followed by good weather through flowering and an extended but not excessively hot summer the vines were in great shape for optimal ripening. There were several frosts in the autumn leading up to and through harvest but, due to good canopy management, even fruit and average bunch size, full physiological ripeness was easily attained. The season had the makings of a very good vintage.

This wine displays sweet fruit on the nose and palate. Blackcurrant and raspberry aromas are complemented by gentle tannins and berry fruit flavours to make a wine you can drink young or cellar for 3 or more years.

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Kawarau Estate Pinot Noir

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WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Old-fashioned, slightly oxidative style. No obvious fruit - more savoury than fruity. 1-2
Winestate 20082009
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
A fresh, lightly oaked style, grown organically at Lowbum, near Cromwell in Central Otago. Typically medium-bodied, ripe and smooth, it's a drink-young style. The 2003 vintage only 10 per cent barrel-aged, is fragrant, vibrant and supple, with sweet fruit characters, very good depth of cherryish, plummy flavour, and a well-rounded finish.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The 2001 vintage is a fresh, lightly oaked style, grown organically at Lowburn, near Cromwell in Central Otago. Ruby-hued, with strong cherry and plum flavours and a touch of spiciness, it's a sweet-fruited and supple wine with some funky characters, for drinking now or short-term cellaring.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light to medium purple-red; light but sweet cherry aromas lead into a light, cherry-flavoured palate, which does have a little more texture and structure than the colour or the bouquet suggest, but is halfway between a conventional Pinot Noir and a Rose.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The 1999 vintage is a fresh, lightly oaked style of Central Otago red, grown organically and fermented in tanks with pressings from a Reserve Pinot Noir barrel added to give more structure and depth. It's a medium weight style with very good depth of cherryish, plummy flavour, gently seasoned with spicy oak.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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