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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014 750ml

Rated 96 - As ever this has an extra dimension and remains the high watermark for New Zealand pinot noir to be measured against. How do they do it:...
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Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - This is one of the best value 2013 Marlborough pinots, boasting a wealth of ripe cherry and summer berry fruit aromas, not to mention...
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Coopers Creek Pinot Noir 2011 750ml

Rated 90 - A straightforward pinot that delivers bright, ripe cherry and raspberry fruits; some kirsch-like notes, too, with some perfumed lift....
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Craggy Range Pinot Noir Te Muna Road Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir has a soft-spoken nose at this youthful stage with...
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Dog Point Pinot Noir 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Plush and creamy in texture, with robust plum and berry notes, complemented by savory overtones of smoke, chicory, tomato leaf and white...
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Erewhon Pinot Noir 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Starts out firm, with a sturdy backbone to the juicy wild berry and plum flavors at the core. Details of Earl Grey tea, mineral, dried...

New Zealand Pinot Noir

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.

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.