Matariki Pinot Noir 2009


The widely accepted belief is that the Gimblett Gravels district is eminently suited to the Bordeaux varieties, and indeed Cabernet Sauvignon has a special affinity to the soils and area when the fruit is well-ripened. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec is also well-proven, as is Syrah. With the impression that Hawke's Bay can be too warm for Pinot Noir, it is surprising to see Matariki's Pinot Noir Noirs perform with success. Proprietor John O'Connor identified the varied soil types with the Gimblett Gravels and chose to plant Pinot Noir where silt played a major part in the composition. That along with vines in the cooler areas has enable Pinot Noir to stand among the other varieties. I recently reviewed the second tier ‘Aspire' Pinot Noir 2010 (click here to see), and the Matariki premium label is more structured and complex. www.matarikiwines.co.nz

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