Tasting Reviews

Montana Reserve Waipara Pinot Noir 2016

Last month I reviewed three of the four newly released Montana ‘Reserve’ wines labelled as a tribute to the Yukich family who established Montana wines in the 1940s. The company went on to become the largest wine company in New Zealand. Eventually it underwent mergers and takeovers to become part of the global Pernod-Ricard group. The ‘Montana’ name became di-established, due to the confusion it would have caused on the American market, and change to ‘Brancott Estate’ as it is known today. However, the ‘Montana’ brand is still respected in the domestic market, hence its continued use in New Zealand. I thought the wines, the Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay showed true varietal character and style, offering value at their price-point (click here to see my reviews), so the Pernod-Ricard team have respected the name. Here, I catch up and review the Pinot Noir 2016 from Waipara. There will be a Hawke’s Bay Rosé released in October. www.montanawines.co.nz

Montana ‘Reserve’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2016
Light ruby-red colour with some depth, pale on the edge with purple tints.  The nose is tightly bound and firmly packed with aromas of ripe, dark-red cherry fruit, along with a little dark plum, with spice notes and ethereal dark herb elements.  Medium-bodied, the palate is lively with fresh flavours of savoury red cherry fruit entwined with spices, plums and dark herbs.  The mouthfeel features brisk acidity which enlivens the mouthfeel and enriches the fruit.  Moderately extracted grainy tannins support the flavours, and the wine flows with fresh energy to a lingering, racy, savoury-fruited finish.  This is a rich, but savoury fruited Pinot Noir with plum and spice notes on a brisk, grainy-textured palate.  Match with duck and pork dishes over the next 3+ years.  Fruit from the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged with seasoned French oak.  16.5/20  Jul 2017  RRP $16.99     
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