Palliser Estate Pinot Noir The Great Hector 2013 750ml
SKU 776149

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

Regularly described as being the grape varietal responsible for producing the world's most romantic wines, Pinot Noir has long been associated with elegance and a broad range of flavors The name means 'black pine' in French, and this is due to the fact that the fruit of this particular varietal is especially dark in color, and hangs in a conical shape, like that of a pine cone. Despite being grown today in almost every wine producing country, Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because it is especially susceptible to various forms of mold and mildew, and thrives best in steady, cooler climates. However, the quality of the fruit has ensured that wineries and vintners have persevered with the varietal, and new technologies and methods have overcome many of the problems it presents. Alongside this, the wide popularity and enthusiasm for this grape has ensured it will remain a firm favorite amongst wine drinkers for many years to come.

Country: New Zealand

New Zealand is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse countries in the world, and the wines which are produced there are a fine representation of this diversity and overall quality. With beautifully long and warm summers, a brisk oceanic climate and mile upon mile of gently sloping mountainsides, the vineyards which have sprung up there over the past century have brought about truly fantastic results, with wine now contributing a considerable amount to the economy of the country. In recent years, New Zealand wines have won some of the most prestigious awards available in the wine world, with most of the lauded wineries coming from the Auckland region, where there has been considerable effort to replicate the finest wines of the Bordeaux region of France. The Bordeaux grape varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) all flourish in the mineral rich soil of the region, and the results have been outstanding, marking New Zealand a strong contender for finest New World wine country.