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Mount Ara Pinot Noir

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From a ripper year in New Zealand comes this extremely well-priced pinot noir that delivers. It's ripe and fleshy with red and plummy fruits on the nose and palate, together with fine, mellow tannins and a fruity, dry finish. It's highly glugable, made for earlier drinking, and would be great with tomato-based pasta dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

Made with grapes from one place, ARA single estate wine aims to deliver more surprise, more excitement and more enjoyment. Fusing the timehonoured art of winemaking with fresh ideas, we amplify and refine the natural qualities of our remarkable Wairau Valley location. The result is a strikingly different Marlborough, New Zealand experience.

Single Estate wines are a fusion of grapes sourced from all areas of ARA’s single estate vineyard and considered its’ most complete expression, year on year delivering true consistency in terms of style, flavour and balance.

A classical expression of Marlborough Pinot Noir but with the added complexity and rich texture that you can expect from Ara wines. Dark raspberry and rich boysenberry fruit flavours emerge from a soft and savoury wine, rounded out with elegant fine tannins.

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Mount Ara Pinot Noir

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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The Ara label is a major winegrowing initiative in the Marlborough region of N Z. The wines are beautifully packaged. Expect to see a lot more from them - with both white and red wine releases. It's a dry, tannic style of pinot noir that could probably do with a bit more charm. Or possibly just some more time in the bottle. It tastes of dark cherries and boysenberries and has quite a deal of sap and woodspice-like notes. Dry, persistent, (slightly) bitter aftertaste - it's a wine of style and substance, if not a great deal of drinkability. Patience.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
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