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Julicher Estate and ’99 Rows’ Te Muna Pinot Noir 2015

11 September,2018

Julicher Estate is one of a number of producers who have proved the Te Muna Road area of Martinborough is an ideal place to grown Pinot Noir (and other varieties). Wim Julicher established the estate in 1996 planting vines, and releasing his first wines with the 2002 vintage. The Pinot Noirs have rewarded Wim and his partner Sue Darling with numerous gold medal and trophy awards since, and these successful wines are not only the premium ‘estate’ wine, but also the second tier ’99 Rows’. Wim and Sue are fully involved in the business, and had Outi Jakovirta as their winemaker from 2005 to 2016. Jannine Rickards filled the position until Martin Bell, winemaker at Giesen in Marlborough took over at the start of this year, in time for the 2018 vintage. Martin brings with him a wealth of industry experience and a desire to get back to "hands-on” winemaking. Viticulturist Derek Mitchell has just moved on to manage a larger vineyard operation, and Julicher has just taken on Kyra Day to tend the vineyards. The industry is ever-changing! www.juicher.co.nz

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Julicher ’99 Rows’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18/20

Dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is full and deep, and well-concentrated with aromas of savoury dark-red and black-berried fruits interwoven with a layer of dark herbs with complexing earth and a little undergrowth. Some stalky notes and a little game unfolds in the glass, The aromatics are fulsome and deep. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fulsome and rich with juicy flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruits. The flavours are detailed with subtle and balanced notes of dark herbs along with harmonious earthy elements, undergrowth and stalk, forming a rounded but concentrated core. The fruit is underlined by grainy tannin extraction lending texture and grip, along with balanced acidity, and the wine carries to a robust, juicy finish. This is a rich, juicy and fulsome Pinot Noir with savoury dark-red berry fruit flavours with herbs and earth on a palate with plenty of structure. Match with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 6, 114, 115, 667, 777 and Abel, from Te Muna Road and a vineyard on the Martinborough Terraces, destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak. 18.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $32.00

Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18.5+/20

Full, even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is gently full and voluminous with harmoniously entwined aromas of dark-red berry fruits along with an amalgam of dark-red florals, fragrant herbs and subtle earthy notes. This is refined in expression and has good intensity. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant with bright and lively, finely concentrated flavours of dark-red berry fruit along with subtle notes of dark herbs and dark-red florals. The mouthfeel is luscious and vibrant with the sweet fruit supported by fine-grained tannin extraction lending a smooth-flowing line. Fresh, lacy acidity lends vitality and the wine carries to a bright, juicy finish. This is a bright and vibrant, elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with dark-red fruits and subtle herb and floral lift on a fine-grained palate. Match with wild duck and pork over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5. 115, 667 and Abel, destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new French oak. 18.8+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $45.00

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