Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

The Charles Wiffen Pinot Noir is a classical and elegant example of the variety, as are all of the wines under the Charles Wiffen label. The fruit from the Lower Wairau and level areas of the Southern Valleys has always been conducive for a style of restraint and discretion. Charles and Sandi Wiffen’s viticulturists Melissa Sutherland and Jason Tripe aim for optimum ripeness rather than pushing the boundaries, as do their winemakers Anthony Ivicevich and James Rowan of West Brook. It’s this quite approach which has earned the trust of consumers who enjoy drinking a wine rather than admiring it as a monument, and also judges and critics who appreciate finesse over showiness. 2011 has produced lighter wines with gracefulness, and winemaker James Rowan ensured he "respected the fruit enough to not over extract, just let it be what it was”, adding "and the vines are getting older so a gentle approach is better ". Here, I review the new release Charles Wiffen Pinot Noir 2011.


  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

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