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Nor’Wester by Greystone North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2015

25 July,2017
Greystone is making some of the best Pinot Noirs of North Canterbury. Viticulturist Nick Gill is providing outstanding material for winemaker Dom Maxwell to express the terroir of the Greystone Vineyard site. As the distinctiveness and individuality of the wine has grown, so has demand. The team at Greystone have introduced a new second tier brand, ‘Nor’Wester by Greystone to provide consumers with the taste of North Canterbury with carefully selected fruit from the region. Greystone see this approach as being similar to how the negociant houses of Burgundy operate. The name refers to the strongest wind of the region. Here, I review the inaugural 2015 Nor’Wester by Greystone Pinot Noir.


Nor’Wester by Greystone North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Dark, deep red colour with some depth and some garnet hues, lighter on the rim. This has a full, broad bouquet with well-packed aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit with a complex amalgam of dark-red florals, dried herbs and earth, unfolding spice elements. This has aromatic penetration and density. Medium-full bodied, the palate is solid and mouthfilling with flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruits melded with earth and dried herbs. The fruit is encased by considerable tannin extraction which is moderately fine-grained. The mouthfeel has fresh, integrated acidity with some underlying power that carries the complex savoury fruit and earthy nuances to a sustained finish. This is a mouthfilling, complex flavoured Pinot Noir with savoury dark-red fruits, earth and dried herb notes on a well-structured palate with a fresh mouthfeel. Serve with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit from mature vines on the Omihi northern slopes, fully-destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine given 30 days skin contact and aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. 1,103 cases made. 17.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $33.00
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