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Harris Estate Waipara Pinot Noir 2014 and 2015

28 September,2018

The Harris family have farmed in North Canterbury for five generations. Daryl Harris, who runs ‘Harris Wine and Food’, a Mediterranean-style function and event centre in Waipara, set up a Pinot Noir vineyard on limestone-influenced soils in 2003 with 2,500 clone 10/5 vines and 500 each of clone 5 and 667. In 2008, he extended this with 4,000 vines of Abel, 5, 943 and 828, all close-planted. I first saw a Harris Estate wine, the 2011 Pinot Noir in May 2013 (click here to see my review). Daryl has the wine made by Gavin Tait at the Muddy Water facility. Here, I review the current 2014 release, and the up-coming 2015.


Harris Estate Waipara Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues on the rim. The nose is elegant in presentation with a finely structured core of dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with fragrant dark-red florals and subtle notes of savoury dark and dried herbs, revealing a little earth and spice. This is harmonious and balanced. Medium-full bodied, the palate is sweetly rich and succulent with flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with subtle notes of dark-red florals nd dark herbs. The mouthfeel is bright and lively with fresh, balanced, lacy acidity, and the fruit is underlined by fine, grainy tannins. The flavours show some secondary savoury undergrowth and earthy nuance. The freshness of the palate carries the wine to a vibrant and lively finish. This is a sweetly succulent and elegant Pinot Noir with dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with floral herbs and savoury elements on a vibrant palate. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Six Pinot noir clones used, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 17.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $TBA

Harris Estate Waipara Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Dark, deep, ruby red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full with well-packed aromas of dark-red berry fruit and notes of savoury plums, unfolding a layer of complexing dark herbs with dark-red florals and a little earth and game. This has ripeness and depth. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a softly packed and dense core of flavours of ripe dark-red berry fruit with dark plums. The fruit is rich and has a layer of savoury dark herbs and earth, lending complexing detail. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin structure with soft acidity, and the wine flows smoothly to a gentle, rich finish. This is a softly packed and dense Pinot Noir with ripe dark-red berry and plum flavours along with complexing savoury detail on a fine-textured palate. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5+ years. Six Pinot noir clones used, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 18.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $TBA


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