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04 August,2017
The Haha Wine Company was established to offer classical New Zealand wine at an accessible price following the virtual winery concept where contracted fruit is made into wine at a custom crush facility, thus reducing investment costs in land and plant. The first releases of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Marlborough were quickly supplemented with other varieties and styles, including wines from other regions. The wines are made under the supervision of the very experienced John Belsham, and vigorously marketed by Ashton Ireland. Responding to market niches and needs, Haha introduced a ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir 2013 in 2015. The wine offered more interest and structure. Here I review the new release 2016 Pinot Noirs, the Marlborough and the ‘Reserve’.


Haha Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

Ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. This has a softly full nose with gentle volume of fragrant red cherry and berry fruit aromas, interwoven with red florals and savoury dark herb notes at the core. The aromatics are harmoniously presented. Medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich and luscious fruit flavours of red cherries and berries, along with soft notes of florals and herbs. The mouthfeel is supple, the fruit supported by light, open tannins, and the palate is enlivened by balanced, fresh acidity, enhancing the floral elements. The wine has good core that caries to a lingering finish of red cherry and berry fruit. This is a gently rich and sweet red cherry and berry fruited Pinot Noir with supple and accessible structure. Serve with poultry and pork, and with Asian cuisine over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit from the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, fermented to 13.0% alc., 35% of the wine aged 10 months in French oak. 17.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $19.99

Haha ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

Even ruby-red colour, with a little garnet tint, lighter edged. The nose is softly packed and concentrated with moderately firm and deep aromas of dark-red cherry and black berried fruits, along with complexing savoury herbal notes. Medium-bodied, the palate has gently concentrated flavours of ripe dark-red cherry and berry fruit with nuances of plums and savoury herbs. This has good presence and body, the flavours smoothly filling the palate and forming a rounded heart. The fruit is framed by fine, grainy tannin structure with fresh acidity providing energy and drive. The structure carries the flavours to a sustained, rounded finish. This is a gently full and rounded Pinot Noir with rich, dark berry fruit and a grainy textured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 4+ years. Clones 777, 667 and 115, the fruit from the Awatere Valley, hand-picked and fermented to 13.0% alc., 70% of the wine aged 12 months in French oak. 18.0-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $27.99
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