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Matua Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Marlborough might be better known for its sav blancs, but it can turn out some value, easy drinking pinot noir, too. This offering from Matua is a light but juicy number, with some delicate red cherries and smokiness on the nose, along with touches of pepper spice and earthiness. The palate is light to medium-bodied, with succulent cherry flavours, a subtle lick of savouriness, gentle tannins, and a smooth, laid-back finish. It's a good quaffer that would go down well mid-week with some spag bog.

Winemaker's Notes

Without wanting to overplay things, we reckon this is our best Pinot yet. With a great growing season the fruit is truly ripe and full and the predominant f lavour is cherry, which ref lects the wine’s lovely vivid cherry colour. We also get blackberry notes and some lovely sweet smoky oak. Mouthfeel is initially soft and luscious, held up nicely by the supple tannins for a savoury lingering finish.

It’s delicious right now, but shorter term cellaring, say 3 years, will add to the complexity and interest.

Alcohol: 13%

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Matua Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009 vintage is ruby-hued, floral and sweet-fruited, with fresh, vibrant cherry and plum flavours, showing good depth, gentle tannins, and lots of drink-young charm.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet has fresh cherry/cherry pip fruit supported by subtle oak. There is nice texture and mouthfeel on the palate, with more of those cherry pip flavours. A delicious wine for early drinking.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
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