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Wycroft Forbury Pinot Noir

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This wine is a bit of a hero here at Cracka, with previous vintages selling out within 48 hours. Why so popular? Simple - it just shows the best of beautifully aromatic, wild strawberry and cherry laden, silky New Zealand Pinot.

To recap the Wycroft story, it was setup by ex-journo (and one-time press secretary to the queen) Lawrie Bryant. Lawrie's ultra close planted Pinot vineyard sits in the shadow of the Tararua mountains near Masterton in NZ's Wairarapa.

Not just a beautiful spot, the vineyard makes great wines too - with Jancis Robinson MW describing an older Wycroft Pinot as 'alluring for Burgundy lovers' and other Wycroft wines earning top reviews from Decanter Magazine, the Wine Advocate and Huon Hooke (who gave a previous vintage 95/100).

'Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on rim. The nose is up-front with aromas of dark red berry and cherry fruits lifted with subtle savoury spice, herb and red floral notes. Medium-bodied, fresh and juicy dark red berry fruit flavours show with sweetness and clarity. The mouthfeel is enlivened by bright and lacy acidity and supported by fine-grained, gentle tannins. The palate has vitality, balance, primary freshness and a good linear core that leads to an elegant, lingering finish with sweet red fruits and oak with resinous hints. This is a fresh, elegant, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with finely balanced structure. Serve with poultry, pork and hare over the next 4+ years. Clones 667, 777, 5 and Abel from the ‘Wycroft’ vineyard, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 16 days on skins and aged in French oak, 20% 1 y.o' 17.5/20 Raymond Chan

Winemaker's Notes

The handpicked bunches are hand-sorted over a table before being gently destemmed. The various clones are fermented together and hand-plunged before being matured in French oak barrels, 30% new and cellared for 10 months.

Appearance: Bright, medium red.

Nose: Rich, fragrant black cherries on the nose, with lifted licks of vanilla and violet.

Palate: Elegant palate with good intensity of crisp, bright and sweet cherry-dominant fruit, and excellent, vibrant length. Good balance.

Cellaring: With confidence to 2018.

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Wycroft Forbury Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Grown near Masterton, in the Wairarapa, the 2008 vintage was hand-picked and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Ruby-hued, it is fresh, fruity and smooth, with good varietal character and moderate depth of cherry/plum flavours, enjoyable young. The 2009 is fresh, berryish and supple, with lively acidity and a touch of complexity.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
Grown near Masterton, in the Wairarapa, the 2008 vintage was hand-picked and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Ruby-hued, it is fresh, fruity and smooth, with good varietal character and moderate depth of cherry/plum flavours, enjoyable young. The 2009 is fresh, berryish and supple, with lively acidity and a touch of complexity.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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