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Palliser Estate Pinot Noir The Great Hector 2013 750ml
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Palliser Estate The Great Hector Pinot Noir 2013

Martinborough - Wairarapa - New Zealand

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Rated 92 by Stephen Tanzer
Bright, dark red. Pungent, soil-inflected aromas of raspberry, mocha, smoky minerality and sexy oak lifted by a floral topnote. Broad, supple and sweet, offering enticing inner-mouth perfume and lift to its raspberry and spice flavors; a bit high-toned in a positive way. The wine's silky fullness is nicely shaped by harmonious acidity. Delivers the classy savory, earthy character of Martinborough Pinot Noir but with terrific supporting dark fruits, finishing with firm, sophisticated tannins and subtle saline persistence. This seamless, suave, concentrated wine offers early appeal but has the stuffing and balance for a graceful evolution in bottle.

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Varietal: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of the planet's most widely grown and enjoyed grape varietals, and thanks to the popularity of the key wines it is associated with – Burgundy and Champagne – it has successfully spread from its native home in France to much of the wine producing world. Pinot Noir means 'black pine' in French, and this refers to the extremely dark, inky color of the fruit, and the fact that it grows in conical bunches, resembling a large pine cone. It has long been revered for its wide range of refreshing, summery flavors, and the fact that it produces red wines of a beautiful garnet color and light body. More recently, sparkling wines made exclusively with Pinot Noir have been extremely popular, and the orchard notes found in the fizzy 'blanc des noirs' wines mark out just how versatile this grape varietal really is. Despite being notoriously difficult to grow, it isn't hard to see why this grape is now found in vineyards all over the world, as it is synonymous with romance and decadence, quality and fantastic flavor

Country: New Zealand

As with nearby Australia, New Zealand has over the past century proven itself to be a superb location for producing high quality wines in vast amounts, with much of the cooler regions of both islands being used primarily for vine cultivation. New Zealand wineries are notable for their enthusiasm in regards to experimentation, and for utilizing modern technologies and methods to make the most of the imported grape varietals which flourish in the rich, fertile soils and oceanic climate. In recent years, it has been the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines which have gained the most attention, as a result of their smoky character and ability to carry the mineral rich nature of the terroir they grow in. Changing consumer interests have brought about a considerable rise in the production of organic and sustainable wines in New Zealand, of which again, the Sauvignon Blanc varietals are leading the way in regards to excellence, flavor and overall character.