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Spy Valley Pinot Noir

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The Spy Valley is not a valley full of mysterious looking guys in shades trading in microfilm, but a place where they make damn fine Pinot. The Wairau Valley is the site of choice to make this single site wine and it exudes all the Pinosity the Cracka office tend to get excited about. We think you’ll be excited too when you sniff the red fruits and spice before enjoying the supple sweet fruit as it flows freely down the palate.

Winemaker's Notes

Fruit was hand-picked, then fermented in open vats. Fermentation started naturally with ‘wild’ yeasts, after which the wine was pressed off the skins and aged in oak barrels for 11 months.


Appearance: Deep Purple/Garnet.

Nose: Fragrant dried spices, toasted nuts, cocoa and plum/boysenberry fruit aromas.

Palate: The low yielding harvest is apparent in the texture and palate density. Layers of red fruits and ground spices overlay a mouth filling and complete structure.

Cellaring: Cellaring3-5 years

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Spy Valley pinot is ascending to a blacker fruits plane as its vines mature, with aromas of red and black cherries and brambles and a palate of well-defined and crunchy blackberry and cracked black pepper appeal. Finely poised, firmly textured tannins provide confident support, and a lick of morello cherry acidity brings tang to an impressively persistent and balanced finish. Brilliant value.
2016-2021
Wine Taste Special Edition 95
92
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Bright, spiced cherry and red berry fruits on the nose, showing lovely clarity to their aromas. Shaped nicely on the palate with vivid fruit characters, spice, a touch of roast game and ripe, sandy tannins surrounded by a minerally acid line.
2013
Good Wine Guide
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Attractive, complex red and blue fruit aromas here, sweet cinnamon spices too, and a deeper sense of earthy complexity. This is ripe pinot, make no mistake, very open on the palate with well-handled oak, decent tannin sweep and a flurry of cherry flavour to close.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Dark colour and deep rich juicy cherry aromas here; this is a ripe style with impressive concentration, really pure-some wild earthy spices too. The palate is super smooth and supple, has an abundance of rich ripe fruits and soft flowing tannins, and draws fragrant lift through the finish. Impressive shape and build.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
92

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