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Alana Estate ‘Limited Release’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

24 September,2018

At the end of 2014, I reviewed a number of Alana Estate Martinborough wines made by Alex Craighead. I was particularly impressed by the ‘Limited Release’ Pinot Noir 2013. Coming from an outstanding growing season, it wasn’t surprising to see a very smart wine. The stock of this wine was put aside by Alana Estate owner Mike Cornish for future release, as it was deemed worthy of some bottle development. Here is my review of the wine with another 4 years of bottle-age. It shows its class.


Alana Estate ‘Limited Release’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Very dark, deep, ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The bouquet is concentrated with a very deep heart of ripe black cherry and berry fruit entwined with a layering of complexing dark herbs and subtle whole bunch stalk notes. Dark plum fruit emerges and the beginnings of savoury secondary development with a little game and undergrowth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with rich and deep, finely concentrated flavours of ripe black cherry and berry fruit along with plum notes. The fruit is complexed by dark and dried herbs, stalk elements and savoury secondary detail. The palate features fine-grained flowery tannins which provide linear structure. The wine flows with good acid energy to a long and sustained finish. This is a well-proportioned black-fruited Pinot Noir with fine concentration and structure showing the beginnings od secondary complexity. Match with wild duck and pork or game dishes over the next 5-7 years. Indigenous yeast fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 10-28 days on skins and aged 12 months in 30% new oak. 18.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $65.00


Indigenous yeast fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 10-28 days on skins and aged 12 months in 30% new oak. Full ruby-red colour with youthful black-purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is full and open, with softly packed aromas of ripe dark red berry and plum fruits, along with complexing notes of earth and dark herbs, and savoury whole bunch nuances. Subtle cedar and spicy elements unfold in the glass. Fullish-bodied, rich and dense, plush and sweetly ripe fruit flavours of black and red berry fruits are the feature on palate. Dark plum, herb and earth notes unfold and layers of aromatic and spicy oak emerge adding interest and detail. The fruit sweetness is supported and balanced by fine-grained tannin structure which builds in presence. The palate has a strong line that carries the wine to a sustained finish with fine, dry textures. This is a fulsome, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with complexing detail and fine-grained, serious structure. Serve with slow-cooked game meat, casseroles and hard cheeses over the next 7-9 years. 200 cases made. 18.5/20 Nov 2014 RRP $65.00
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