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Schubert BlockB Pinot Noir 2017


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Region: Martinborough
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Awards/Accolades: Bob Campbell MW 95 Points; James Suckling 95 Points; Robert Parker Wine Advocate 93 Points
  • Good to know: Organic, Vegan

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Tasting Notes

Schubert BlockB Pinot Noir is typical of Schubert’s wines which stand out for their brilliant quality. Powerful, intense, complex multi-layered aromas wake up the senses when you first open a Schubert Block B Pinot Noir. Following the previous vintage which was rated as exceptional, this 2017 vintage “steps up to the plate” with 95 points from critics. The aromas remind you of red berry fruits along with nuances of herbs and spicy chocolate and hints of the “forest floor.”  It has a wonderfully rich, ripe, and complex palate, with concentrated ripe morello cherries with citrus spices, liquorice, hints of tobacco leaves and nice minerality. Schubert BlockB Pinot Noir is a truly exceptional wine.

It is a rich and luscious, deeply flavoured Pinot Noir and the terrific savoury flavours go on and on. A powerful finish of well-structured tannins and pure finesse in this full bodied Pinot Noir. It has been aged in 45% new and 55% used French oak barriques for 18 months. More full-bodied and richer than Schubert’s (more feminine wine) “Marion’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir. Only 500 cases of this wine is made; we are thrilled to be able to stock this wine. A real treat and probably half the price of a similar Burgundy, for what you would pay for an everyday + bottle of wine in a restaurant.

As usual, this vintage of Block B has received excellent reviews:

“Very attractive, brambly red cherries with aromatic detail that leads to a refined and focused palate that has a very punchy, fresh and vibrant core of succulent, rich, darker cherries. Succulent and long. 95 Points.” James Suckling, October 2019

“Flagship Pinot Noir that deserves its elevated status, with greater intensity and a silkier texture than the slightly second string Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, which is quite capable of taking line honours in certain vintages. Oak is a little prominent but time should correct that. A classy wine. Drink 2019 – 2026.” Bob Campbell MW, July 2019

“Schubert’s Block B Pinot Noir is a fine effort, boasting seductive dark aromas of spice, vanilla, black cherries and mulberries. It’s full-bodied, supple and velvety on the palate, with a slowly unravelling thread of complexity on the linear finish. It spent 18 months in 45% new French oak but isn’t overly marked by wood or structure. For drinking over the next 5 – 6 years, it will be hard to beat. Drink 2020 – 2026. 93 points.” Robert Parker Wine Advocate, April 2020

About the winery

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. Block B is a selection from Dijon Pinot Noir clones, with hand-picked grapes 100% destemmed and left on skins for three weeks during fermentation in stainless steel.

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.

Food match: Perfect partner with Lamb, Beef or Venison and other game dishes

Check out our competitive price      Retails in a few independent UK merchants £35.99 – £43