Powerful, intense, complex multi-layered aromas wake up the senses when you first open Schubert Block B Pinot Noir 2014. This is an exceptional wine. The aromas remind you of blackberries, spice and cherries, with leather with hints of coffee and chocolate and the “forest floor.” It has a wonderfully rich, ripe, and complex palate, with morello cherries, plums, spice and mineral nuances. There are firm but balanced tannins, and the terrific savoury flavours go on and on. A powerful finish of well-structured tannins and pure finesse. Aged in 45% new and 55% used French oak barriques for 18 months. More full-bodied and richer than Schubert’s “Marion’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir.
Kai and his partner Marion Deimoing met at Guisenheim University whilst studying viticulture and oenology in Germany and travelled the world sometimes together, sometimes separately, with the idea of finding a vineyard to produce their own pinot noir. Travelling as widely as Oregon and California to many parts of Europe, until eventually they came to Martinborough in North Island, or Wairarapa as it is known in New Zealand. They fell in love with the place and the Pinot Noir’s produced there. In 1998 they acquired an established 3 hectare vineyard plus a further 40 hectares and planted mainly Pinot Noir.
Martinborough has a cool climate with a big diurnal variation in the growing season and a long, dry autumn. The climate and soils are perfect for Pinot Noir, and the vines produce naturally low yield of small berries with thick skins, all of which enhances the powerful and nuanced flavours of their wines. They also practice organic vineyard management. Marion is the winemaker and Kai focuses on marketing their wines in 40 different countries. Kai jokes that with a population in New Zealand of only 4 million people, they need to export; they successfully export some 85% of their production.
“Very impressive pinot noir with real power and intensity. Ripe plum and cherry flavours, with a suggestion of raspberry and spice. Still quite youthful but with good potential for bottle development. An ethereal texture and lengthy finish. 95 Points: Bob Campbell MW Review November 2016: Drink 2016 – 2024”
“Schubert Block B Pinot Noirs – ripe, luscious and youthful in their freshness, wines that glow in the glass, but there is an underlying complexity that makes them special. Top of the class was a 2014 Block B.” Panel headed by Jancis Robinson tasting 8 international Pinot Noirs from lesser known Pinot Noir heroes in February 2017
Retails in a few independed UK merchants at £34.99!