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Maude Central Otago Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir is often seen as the holy grail of winemaking, it can be so incredibly frustrating to make but sometimes when all the factors come together in the vineyard little miracles can occur. Here’s Maude’s little miracle, a Pinot Noir made in the sacred region of Central Otago; a mecca for Kiwi winemakers who believe and have proved the region is capable of world class wine. Imbued with cherry, five spice and dried herb perfume that precedes a structured palate of soft tannins that deserves to be savoured.

Winemaker's Notes

Complex dark & brooding aromas of blackcurrant, toasty warmth, forest undergrowth and crushed herb. On the palate the layers of dark fruits are joined by supple velvet tannins creating a wine with finesse, structure & poise. A wine which will age gracefully over the next 10 years. Alcohol 14.0%

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Maude Central Otago Pinot Noir

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Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
An amalgam of parcels from around the region, this carries a nice array of mostly dark fruits - cherries, berries and plum all here - some gentle thyme herbs, leaves and lifted floral fragrance. The palate's smoothly laid out on supple and easy tannins, bright acid crunch and a nice fanning pinot flurry at the finish. Great result.
The Good Wine Guide
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009 vintage is a blend of grapes from four sub-regions, matured for a year in French oak casks (35 per cent new). Delicious from the start, it is full-coloured, floral and supple, with concentrated plum and spice flavours, sweet-fruited and finely textured. A savoury, very harmonious wine with a silky charm, it's a drink-now or cellaring proposition.
2011 - 2016
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Bright ruby, with ripe, sweet-fruit characters and very good depth of cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing some nutty complexity. All three judges noted a firm tannin backbone.
Winestate 2009
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
The 2007 vintage, a regional blend, is scented and vibrantly fruity, with generous, cherryish, spicy flavours, good complexity, supple tannins and deep colour. The 2008 is bright ruby, with ripe, sweet-fruit characters, very good depth of cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing some nutty complexity, and a firm tannin backbone.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Made by ex-Hunter winemakers Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen, this shows deep colour and some handy ripeness, dark cherry and berry fruits, plenty of spice and gentle meaty richness. Supple swirling palate, acidity is a feature and tannins run in fine lines with gentle savoury drive. Compact, elegant and even with a sturdy structural core - a blend of grapes from Wanaka, Gibbston Valley, Bendigo and Alexandra.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Excellent wine with delightfully floral, aromatic nose and fleshy fruit palate filled with dark cherry fruits that are in balance with the firm acidity and tight tannins. 5+
Winestate 20082009
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Dan and Sarah-Kate Dineen were winemaking stars in the Hunter Valley until a few years ago - when they hitched up and left for the beautiful Central Otago in New Zealand. This wine is a blend of four sub-regions of Central Otago. 2006 RELEASE Pretty, perfumed, exotic - damn it, it's got me falling head over heels. It actually tastes like a mix of Turkish delight, cranberry juice and Campari - and before you turn off let me quickly note that it's a super combination of sweet delicacy and background herbal complexity. I love it. It's also got a deceptively muscular tannin structure tucked away beneath the surface, DRINK 2008-2013.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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