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Leaning Church Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Cracka Review

If sex sells, then Leaning Church are giving it all they've got! They want you to check out the length on this one, and say that it has the essential characteristics of all great men. It's certainly a deep, rich style of pinot that still shows some plummy and cherry fruits on the nose and palate. It's all intermingled with appealing earthy savouriness, mellow tannins, and a decent savoury-edged finish that makes it oh so food friendly.

Winemaker's Notes

This elegant full-bodied Pinot Noir is more typical of an Otago NZ style. The 2010 Leaning Church Pinot Noir spent 10 months on French Oak and is drinking beautifully now, but also has great cellaring potential. Our 2010 Pinot Noir is 100% estate grown and has been receiving many excellent reviews, including a rippa from Victorian radio journalist Michael Hince. Upon recently organising a Tassie food and wine dinner in Melbourne, he exclusively served Leaning Church wines matched to each course. He said this was the first time he’d selected one vineyard to provide all the wine and the first time he’d done so without tasting the wine prior to the event.

“In a nutshell my guests were ecstatic about all the (Leaning Church) wines served. This came as a bit of a surprise - as more often than not one, or at best two, wines may stand out – however in this case every wine served proved a winner, such was their consistency,” he said.

And Michael’s review of our 2010 Pinot Noir: “Again a beautifully balanced wine, rich plumb with cherry overtones reminiscent of a NZ Central Otago pinot noir – what more can I say! I would like to see this 2010 Pinot Noir in three to four years’ time as I think it will also develop beautifully with some bottle-age. It was perfect with the Huon Aquaculture grilled salmon.”

Joseph Burton, Tasmania’s only certified sommelier, recently wrote in Enterprise Magazine that our 2010 Pinot Noir has “power in elegance”. “It is a wine of humility that is not trying to give up too much too soon” that “should grow into something beautiful”. If it’s anything like the 2004 Lalla Gully Pinot that we recently tasted, we are ever so excited! James Halliday awarded our 2010 Pinot Noir 90 points.

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James Halliday says
Light, bright and clear colour that shows no sign of ageing; the bouquet is fragrant and fresh, and the once prominent tannins have softened considerably. The wine is still on the savoury edge of the spectrum, but that makes it complex.
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Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition

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