Saturday, June 24, 2006

TN: 2004 Kahurangi Estate Pinot Noir, Nelson, New Zealand

Region: Nelson, New Zealand
Harvest: Mid-April 2004
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Residual Sugar: Completely Dry
Cellaring: 2 - 3 years

Light to medium purplish red. Sour cherries and tart cranberry nose at first, foreshadowing a tart wine. From the first sip, however, this wine is actually more brooding and earthy than fruity! An intriguing juxtaposition between nose and palate, though it lacks a pinch of acidity. As the wine reached its ideal serving temperature (~ 65F), characteristics of mushrooms, fragrant earth, black olives were amplified, layered with sour cherries, cranberry and soft oak. Medium bodied with round, plump and meaty feel. Medium length finish (10-15s). Ready to drink now.

Would pair perfectly well with a rack of lamb (wishing I had it tonight)!

3+ stars (g-vg) A pinch more acidity would have made this a 4-star wine in my book.

Winemaker’s Note:
The Kahurangi 2004 Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from our Moutere Vineyard and selected vineyards from the Waimea Plains. Hand plunged and lightly oaked, the finished wine is an “up front” Pinot that will further develop in the bottle.

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