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Awatere River Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

24 July,2017
The Awatere River Wine Co. is Louis Vavasour’s continuation of his family’s pioneering winegrowing work when they planted the first commercial quantities of vines in 1986. Louis’ wines primarily showcase the Awatere Valley and Marlborough with classical examples of each of his bottlings. Louis has Andrew Parley working with him in the winemaking role since the end of 2013. Andrew is an experienced winemaker joining the Awatere River Wine Co. following a 6 year stint overseas. Previous to that he worked for a similar amount of time with the team at Hunter’s Wines. My previous review for the Awatere River Wine Co. was in March, earlier this year, for the 2015 Pinot Noir (click here to see my review). This wine has been selling very quickly, and the 2016 Pinot Noir will soon be made available. Here is my review of the 2016 Pinot Noir. www.arwc.co.nz


Awatere River Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

Ruby-red colour with purple hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and aromatic with pretty, fragrant fruit aromas of dark-red cherries and raspberry fruit along with bright florals. This has vibrancy and good depth, unfolding subtle notes of fresh herbs in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant and slender in proportion showing a tight ly bound and concentrated core of dark cherries, raspberry liqueur with fragrant floral elements. The has juiciness and richness and is enlivened by brisk acidity, and the wine flows along a finely-textured, extracted line with good energy, leading to a pretty, fruit finish of cherry, raspberry and floral notes. This is an elegant, aromatic-fruited Pinot Noir with bright cherry, raspberry and floral flavours on a fresh, fine-textured palate. Serve with poultry and pork, and Asian fare over the next 3+ years. Pinot Noir fruit, 71% from the ‘Ballochdale’ vineyard, Awatere, and 29% from a Wrekin Road site in the Southern Valleys, destemmed and fermented with a portion of whole, uncrushed berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in approx. 15% new French oak. 16.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $31.00
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