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Haha Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

28 June,2018

Haha is one of those success stories that every new wine producer would love to have. The ‘Haha’ brand was created as a virtual winery, with fruit being purchased and the wine made under contract – by a very good winemaker, of course. The wines were designed to offer very good quality and value. Delivering on these points, the Haha Wine Company has grown significantly from its smaller and careful beginnings and has a broad range of varieties from different growing regions, and three winemakers involved in their making. The wines are seen extensively throughout the country, and are well-established in export markets. The first Haha wine I reviewed was the 2010 Marlborough Pinot Noir, made by John Belsham. Here I review the latest, the 2017 Marlborough Pinot Noir, also made by John Belsham. The wine is from a challenging growing season. www.hahawine.co.nz

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Haha Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5+/20

Moderately deep red colour with light garnet hues on the edge. The nose is fresh and light with initially restrained aromas of cherry and strawberry fruit entwined with delicate red florals and subtle notes of fresh herbs. The fruit grows in depth and the aromatics become rounder with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation with gently sweet flavours of cherries and strawberries melded with fresh and dark herbs, unveiling floral nuances. The fruit forms an elegant, taut core and the palate is enlivened by crisp and brisk acidity. The fruit is underlined by soft, light tannin extraction, and the acidity carries the wine to a light, lingering, subtly herb-nuanced finish. This is a light Pinot Noir with cherry and strawberry fruit along with cooler spectrum herb notes on a brisk, supple palate. Match with antipasto, charcuterie and tapas over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the Awatere and Upper Wairau Valleys, fermented to 13.0% alc., 35% of the wine aged 10 months in French oak barrels. 16.5+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $24.99

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