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Lauregan Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2015

03 August,2018

Lauregan is the micro-boutique wine venture of Mike and Hazel Old who established their 1.6 ha vineyard on Kahuranaki Road on the eastern side of the Tukituki river at the northern end of Central Hawke’s Bay in 1995. They found that Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon performed inconsistently, so replaced them with Dijon clone Pinot Noir which yielded their first vintage and wine in 2013. The vines are dry-farmed and the yields are very low, with under 5 tonnes of fruit produced. The 2013 was a very dark and concentrated wine which has been attributed to the site, the Old’s stylistic preferences and the vintage. 2014 yielded a lighter wine (click here to see my reviews). The Olds desire to produce the ‘masculine‘ style as seen in the 2013. They have Leith Ashworth having input in the winemaking. Here, I review the new release 2015 vintage. www.laureganwines.co.nz

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Lauregan ‘Single Vineyard’ Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18/20

Very dark, deep, near impenetrable, black-purple hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is very full and deeply packed with concentrated aromas of ripe black-berried fruits along with notes of dark herbs, earth and black minerals, unfolding a suggestion of black florals. Full-bodied, the palate has sweet flavours of black cherries and blackberries along with a savoury dark herb element. The palate unfolds flavours of dusty earth and oak with mineral elements. This has very highly extracted, firm and concentrated tannins lending a mass of structure with integrated acidity. As the wine is carried by the structure, some nutty oak emerges, and the wine flows to a very textural, grippy finish with lingering black fruit flavours. This is a fully-structured, firm, masculine full-bodied Pinot Noir with black fruits, savoury herbs, earth and minerals. Match with slow-cooked game meat and hard cheeses over the next 8-10 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Lauregan’ vineyard, destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 29% new oak. 175 dozen made. 18.0/20 Aug 2018 RRP $44.95

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