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Mountford Estate Pinot Noir 2013

21 December,2017

Mountford Estate is one of the Waipara Valley’s high profile wineries. The property was established by the Eaton family in 1991 and quickly established a very strong reputation for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and aromatic white wines, under the winemaking stewardship of blind Taiwanese-born C. P. Lin. Mountford Estate was purchased by Kathryn Ryan and Kees Zeestraten in 2007, who expanded the 10 ha plantings. Under this ownership, the Mountford wines continued to flourish. C. P. Lin left Mountford in 2013 a little while after the harvest, and earlier this year, Mountford Estate with its 29 ha was purchased by Japanese company Koyama Wines, who intends to expand its production with exports to Japan as the focus. Here, I review the 2013 Mountford ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir vinified by C. P. Lin, but finished by Theo Coles.


Mountford Estate North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Moderately dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. This has a softly full and voluminous nose with aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit with subtle and integrated dark herb notes, along with balanced nutty oak and hints of liquorice, unveiling dark-red florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly ripe and lusciously vibrant fruit flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit with notes of dark herbs, with some nutty oak, forming a fine and tightly bound heart. The fruit is enlivened by balanced, lacy acidity and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction. The fruit carries with good linearity to a long finish of dark-red berry fruits This is a well-balanced and proportioned Pinot Noir with sweetly ripe dark-red cherry and berry fruit with subtle herb and nutty oak notes on a fine-grained, fresh palate. Match with duck and pork, beef, lamb and venison over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked Waipara Valley fruit, clones 10/5, 2/10, 777 and Abel, fermented with a very small portion of whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 20$ new French oak. 18.5/20 Dec 2017 RRP $61.99

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