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Mount Riley Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Pinot Noir from Marlborough is on the rise in a big way. We are constantly impressed by the pinosity of the region and here it is in spades. Mt Riley are a small family business making a big noise in Marlborough and their wines are reassuringly finessed. Make sure there’s something savoury on the menu to match this cherry-laden bliss bomb. It’s full of dark fruits with spicy earth aromas before unleashing understated elegance on the palate due to soft tannins, ripe fruit and intense length.

Winemaker's Notes

One of the driest growing seasons on record meant the guys in the vineyard had a dream run and disease pressure was low. Whilst the summer was dry, temperatures were actually fairly moderate and we ended up around average for heat accumulation for the season. This allowed perfect, slow ripening for our Pinot Noir and the vibrant fruit flavours and natural acidity for which Marlborough is famous were retained.

Appearance: Mid-red with garnet and ruby hues.

Nose: More darkly fruited than normal for us with plenty of black cheery, plum along with hints of dried herb.

Palate: An approachable, elegant wine with soft tannins, delicious bright red fruit flavours and great length of flavour.

Food: Great as an aperitif or with chicken, salmon, game, red meat and pasta.

Cellaring: Drinking well now and up to 2018.

Alcohol: 14.0%

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Mount Riley Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This is terrific value, and just the sort of larger-volume pinot that Marlborough is set to really excel with: aromas of mixed bright-red fruits, some plums here too. The palate's juicy and lithe, with tangy acid crunch and a late flurry of toasty oak and spice.
The Good Wine Guide
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The recipe far outclasses the price: Ninety percent estate vines, mostly eighteen years of age in 2010 (ancient by NZ standards!), aged in barrels, predominantly of French oak. The wine transcends the price, too, one of the best $20 pinots on the shelf, and one of the finest vintages Mount Riley has put forward yet. It’s elegant, restrained and fresh, laced with red cherry, rhubarb, supple tannins and a lovely note of pepper that lingers on the finish.
2012 - 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Is Mount Riley NZ's most consistent quaffer? This is a pinot of fruit expression, persistence and fine tannins, with black cherry, sweet berry compote and wood spice flavours.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Firmly structured red, fresh, ripe and lively, with good flavour depth and some savoury complexity.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A very simple, light and easy-to-engage-with style of pinot from the Marlborough region. This has straight-shooting raspberry and raspberry leaf characters, some fine, easy tannins and a lightly creamy finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; fresh, bright and simple cherry fruit on the bouquet is likewise the focal point of the palate, although there is some texture and style there. Overall, to be enjoyed rather than analysed.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The 1999 vintage of this Marlborough red was 40 per cent oak-aged. It's a very fruit-driven style with bright, medium-full colour, a floral, raspberryish fragrance and vibrantly fruity, supple palate.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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