Wairau River Pinot Noir 2021/22


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New Zealand




100% Pinot Noir




93 Points Sam Kim, Wine Orbit NZ, Wine Judge

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Certified Sustainably Produced, Vegetarian

Tasting Notes

Wairau River Pinot Noir hits the spot for quality Pinot Noir at a competitive price. With aromas of raspberry and cherry fruit and hints of pepper and spice, leading into a generous palate of red fruits and plums framed by subtle elegant tannins providing structure and depth. The result is a savoury and very approachable Pinot Noir with a long and persistent finish. A dry, light to medium bodied Pinot with excellent balance, structure and finesse. A great alternative to a Pinot Noir from Burgundy.

This 2021 vintage was a big hit at our Spring Tasting in April 2023, and has continued its popularity with our customers; we will soon move onto the 2022 vintage.

This Pinot Noir comes from Phil and Chris Rose beautiful vineyards in Rapaura, Marlborough. The grapes are hand-harvested in the cool of the early morning, to retain the vibrancy of the fruit. After fermentation,  the skins were gently basket pressed, and the wine matured in French oak barriques for 9 months, prior to blending and bottling.

We were pleased to see this review of the 2020 vintage from Sam Kim of Wine Orbit NZ and wine judge :

“Offering splendid fruit purity and fragrance, this wine shows dark plum, sweet cherry, roasted nuts and subtle spice aromas. The palate delivers ripe fruit intensity and persistence beautifully supported by silky mouthfeel and fine tannins. Elegant and complex. Drinking well through to 2025/6.”   93 Points + 5 Stars; Sam Kim Wine Orbit.

About the Producer

Phil and Chris Rose were pioneers in the late 1970s when they planted the Vineyards near the banks of the beautiful braided Wairau River. (Wairau is Maori for ‘many waters’). 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. Their wines are elegant and subtle.

About the Vintage

Flowering commenced in the first week of December, as usual. However, conditions were not good, resulting in a lower set and potential yield.  January, February, and March produced some of the driest months ever recorded with picking beginning in the last week of February and concluding in the last week of March culminating in one of the earliest vintages in the region and one of the most exceptional harvests in terms of quality.

The warm fine weather through the late summer provided exceptionally clean and healthy fruit, creating a riper spectrum of flavours, this provided the winemakers with an extensive array of complimentary blending components from which to assemble some fantastic wines. The resulting wines from the 2021 vintage have wonderful fruit concentration aromatic power and defining elegance which are all hallmarks of this outstanding vintage.

Check out our competitive price: sells in some Independent Merchants £16.99 – £17.99

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


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