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Wairau River Reserve Pinot Noir 2019


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Region: Marlborough
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Awards/Accolades: Decanter Silver Medal, 90 Points Wine Spectator; 90 Points Wine Advocate; 4 Stars Bob Campbell MW

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Tasting Notes

Wairau River Reserve Pinot Noir hits the spot for quality Pinot Noir at a competitive price. With aromas of dark fruits, plums, cassis entwined with layers of a touch of savoury richness and subtle toasty oak. The complexity continues into the palate with generous fruit weight and fine, ripe tannins. The result is the refined, textured Wairau River Reserve Pinot Noir with a long, persistent finish. A dry, medium bodied Pinot with excellent balance, structure and finesse.

This Reserve Pinot Noir comes from Phil and Chris Rose beautiful vineyards in Rapaura, Marlborough. Their Reserve wines are made from small, interesting parcels of grapes on the Estate that have stood our during the season. They are hand-harvested in the cool of the early morning, fermented in 4000 litre open French oak cuvees, with delicate hand plunging to extract colour and gentle tannins. The skins are then gently pressed off and the wine is aged in French oak barriques for a minimum of 12 months.

About the producers

Phil and Chris Rose were pioneers in the late 1970s when they planted the Vineyards near the banks of the beautiful braided Wairau River. Originally they grew grapes for other producers, like Cloudy Bay. In 1991 they decided to produce their own wine and started more extensive planting, building a winery in 2002. Today, they are joined by 5 children and extended family, making this one of the foremost 100% family owned vineyards, with some of the most mature vineyards, in Marlborough. The land bordering Wairau River is at the foot of the Richmond Range of hills; it enjoys long warm days and cold nights providing favourable conditions for growing quality grapes.

This Reserve Pinot Noir has a relatively small production of 800 cases, and it consistently wins accolades and awards around the world. The 2016 vintage was no exception gaining 90 points from two US Wine publications, The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate, along with a Gold Medal from NZ Wine Awards and a rating of 4 stars from the highly respected Bob Campbell MW. The 2017 follow on vintage is just as good.

“Deep ruby, it is very fragrant, with rich ripe plum, spice flavours and showing good complexity. Finely balanced, it’s still unfolding and 2017 vintage should reward cellaring to at least 2021” 4 Stars Bob Campbell MW New Zealand wine judge.

Check out our competitive price: sells in some Independent Merchants £18.99

Food match: Brilliant with Duck, Game, Pork, Turkey and Vegetarian dishes; it will also be good with Free Range Chicken.