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Christopher Reid Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

21 November,2017

Representing the new wave of young winemakers in Martinborough, Chris Reid aims to make elegant and perfumed site-expressive Pinot Noir. To do so, he purchased a 0.75 ha site on the old Martinborough sale yards on the Martinborough Terrace with clone 115 planted in 1998. Over 2013 and 2014 he added Abel and clone 5 planted at a high density of 6,500 vines per hectare.. Chris tends to the vineyard personally using organic regimes and biological controls. He launched his own label in 2013. Here, I review the 2016 Pinot Noir.


Christopher Reid Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple tints, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is firm with a well-concentrated and deep aromas of dark-red and black berried fruit along with subtle notes of savoury earth, and some herb and whole bunch nuances, complexed by nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated and rich palate of savoury dark-red and black fruits, with dark herbs, savoury earth and sweet, nutty oak. The palate is supported by fine, grainy tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The fruit richness is underlined by sweet and spicy oak which carries to a lingering finish. This is a rich Pinot Noir with sweet dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit with savoury herb and earth notes and nutty oak on a fine-grained palate. Match with poultry and pork, and game meat dishes over the next 5+ years. Fruit from the ‘Home’ vineyard indigenous yeast fermented with 20% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 1 y.o. oak. 300 bottles made. 18.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $45.00

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