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Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

14 December,2017

charlesThe Charles Wiffen wines of Marlborough are quiet achievers. They are absolutely classical in expression and stylish without any extreme characters to make them overt and showy. This is the way Charles and Sandi prefer their wines, to drink easily and to satisfy without fuss. Their 50 ha of vines in the Lower Wairau and Southern Valleys district are tended carefully with their daughter Rebecca, assistant winemaker at Lawson’s Dry Hill, living on the land. And the wines are carefully crafted by Anthony Ivicevich and James Rowan ay West Brook in Waimauku, who understand the Wiffen style. There’s been no shortage for top awards and gold medals for the wines over the years. And that’s not likely to change with everything in its place. Here, I review the new 2013 Pinot Noir, launched quietly, and without fanfare.


Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough


Moderately dark, deep ruby-red colour with a lighter edge and a touch of garnet. The nose is elegant with bright and lively aromas of savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with a soft layering of dried herbs, a little undergrowth, nutty oak and red florals. The aromatics form a tight, finely concentrated core. Medium-bodied. the palate has gently rich and concentrated, vibrant and juicy fruit flavours of savoury red cherry and berry fruit melded with a soft layer of dried herbs, game and undergrowth. The fruit is underlined by light, supple tannin extraction with fine, lacy acid drive. The favours builds in depth and linearity, and carry to a light, lingering finish of savoury red fruits and florals. This is an elegantly concentrated, supple Pinot Noir with savoury red fruits, notes of herbs and undergrowth, the wine beginning to develop secondary interest. Match with mushroom dishes and game bird over the next 4 years. Clone 10/5 and 667 fruit from the ’Charles Wiffen’ vineyards, destemmed and fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 28% new French oak. 17.5/20 Dec 2017 RRP $28.20

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