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McArthur Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

13 April,2018

McArthur Ridge was established in Springvale in Alexandra, Central Otago, in 2002 as an ambitious lifestyle Pinot Noir vineyard venture with the large property of over 800 ha divided into many sub-title holdings. Considerable plantings of grapes were made, nearing 180 ha, and a contacted system of viticulture and winemaking was to operate for the shareholders. Unfortunately, administration and financial issues beset the venture and it ceased. The estate now comes under the ownership of several owners, a number of whom have created their own labels. I’ve tasted several of these and can report that the fruit quality and resultant wines are sound. The Brandhouse distribution business which specialises in spirits and Champagne has Pinot Noirs from McArthur Ridge fruit. Here, I review the 2015 McArthur Ridge Pinot Noir. www.brandhouse.co.nz

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McArthur Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18/20

Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and voluminous with harmoniously interwoven aromas od vibrant, savoury dark-red berry fruit and black plums, along with subtle notes of dark herbs and dark-red florals, unfolding suggestions of liquorice and nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has richly sweet, bright and juicy fruit flavours of black cherries and plums along with light notes of dark herbs, dark-red and violet florals. A little spice and liquorice adds detail. The mouthfeel is supple and smooth-flowing with light tannin extraction and grip, with balanced acid freshness. This carries with good energy and drive to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a rich, sweet and juicy Pinot Noir with bright dark-red berry and black plum flavours along with herbs and florals, liquorice and spice hints on a supple, smooth, fine-textured palate. Match with beef, lamb and venison over the next 5+ years. A blend of 50% Abel clone, 40% clone 777 and 10% clone 667, the fruit from Alexandra, fermented to 14.0% alc., and aged 10 months in 5% new oak barrels. Made at the Central Otago Wine Co. 18.0/20 Apr 2018 RRP $29.99

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