Pinot Noir is the most popular red wine in New Zealand so we have decided to introduce to you three beauties from around the country - there are two bottle eash of the following wines: Matariki Aspire Pinot Noir 2010, Bibby Pinot Noir 2010, and rounding the trio out is the Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir 2008.
Raymond Chan says of the Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir 2008: "Bright, even garnet-red colour with some depth and bricking on the rim. The nose is light and subtle, showing strawberry and dried herbs, the fruit in the cooler spectrum, but with red floral interest and an attractive purity. Medium-light weighted and quite elegant, the flavours of red berry fruits and soft red florals are ethereal in expression, but there is a good core and some concentration through the palate. The fruit is lively, with good acidity and restrained tannin extraction and the wine is well-balanced... A smaller-scale, cooler wine with proper proportions, this will match salmon and tuna, or subtle Asian cuisine over the next 3-4+ years." (November 2011)
Raymond Chan writes about the Matariki Aspire Pinot Noir 2010: "Moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter on rim. This has a soft, but voluminous bouquet with an array of aromas showing strawberry fruit with red florals, cherries and berries with herb notes. Medium bodied, light, lush and juicy strawberry fruit flavours are supported by restrained, but fine-grained tannins. The fruit succulence is enhanced by good acidity and is carried through to a subtle, light finish. This is a light, attractively sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with the fine textures to match firm-flesh seafood and poultry over the next 3-4 years". The ‘Aspire’ range is the more fruit-forward, earlier drinking style. The fruit source may include grapes from sites outside of the Gimblett Gravels district.
The 2009 Bibby Pinot Noir was a very popular wine with our Grabbies, and we've delighted to have secured some of the 2010 vintage for you all! Aromas of sweet ripe cherry and boysenberry with undertones of toasty oak and thyme. On the palate this wine is fresh and clean, well-structured, with flavours of cherry and plum which continue with a lengthy finish.
With this mixed pack you will get to try a range of Pinots which is a great way to flex your taste buds, as well as ensuring you have a Pinot Noir to offer everyone who drops by.
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