Starborough Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009


As a Marlborough wine producer, James Jones of Starborough had to have a Pinot Noir to complete his range. Sauvignon Blanc was the initial base of the Starborough operation, but interestingly Pinot Gris has become his signature. The interest and success of the later variety has led him to release an Awatere single vineyard expression with the 2011 vintage (click here to see my review). Pinot Noir completes the picture for this brand which sources fruit from its estate vineyards on the Rapaura and Awatere sub-regions. The Starborough Pinot Noir fruit came on-line with the 2011 harvest and an estate Pinot Noir release will be made in October this year. In the meantime James has sourced fruit from nearby vineyards, and together with winemaker Dave Clouston has made Pinot Noir wine under the Starborough label to satisfy demand. Small quantities of a 2008 wine were made and now a 2009 is available. www.starborough.co.nz

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