Glasnevin ‘Limited Release’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2015
The Johns family established their ‘Glasnevin Wines’ brand with their first releases from the 2007 vintage after many years of grapegrowing and winemaking experience in the Waipara Valley. They see the Glasnevin gravel soils formed from the Waipara alluvium as offering excellent drainage and aeration, and can predispose lower yields for high quality wines, which show minerality. The Johns Glasnevin wines come solely from these soils, and have in the past employed several high profile winemakers to produce their bottlings, which I’ve seen (and reviewed) to show excellent quality. Mat Donaldson is the contracted winemaker and the wines made at the Pegasus Bay facility. Here, I review the new release 2015 Pinot Noir. www.glasnevinwines.co.nz
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Glasnevin ‘Limited Release’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2015Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 01-Apr-2017Moderately dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly presented with gently voluminous aromas of ripe, dark-red berryfruit along with savoury black cherry fruit entwined with subtle herb and complexing nuances of earth and minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate has even, mouthfilling flavours of dark-red berry and cherry fruit intertwined with spicy oak notes along with savoury herb, earth and mineral elements. The fruit forms a soft and dense core with underlying fine-grained tannin extraction providing plenty of mouthfeel, texture and grip. The acidity is integrated, enlivening the fruit richness, and the wine carries to a sustained finish of savoury fruit and spicy oak. This is a gently mouthfilling Pinot Noir with good depth of savoury fruit and spicy oak and earth detail, and fine grainy structure and a fresh mouthfeel. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from two sites on Georges Road, fermented with 15% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 40% new French oak barriques. 18.0/20 Apr 2017 RRP $35.00.