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Thistle Ridge North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

29 November,2017

Thistle Ridge is a secondary brand for the Thomas family, who are owners of Greystone and Muddy Water. The brand has had success in wine shows and in the marketplace, indicating the good viticultural work of Nick Gill and winemaking by Dom Maxwell and their team. The wines are crafted to offer greater accessibility, both in terms of style and price. Here, I review the new 2016 Thistle Ridge North Canterbury Pinot Noir, from a warm and very dry, long growing season.


Thistle Ridge North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Moderately deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with deep aromas of ripe dark-red berry fruit entwined with a subtle dark herb and savoury earth amalgam. Red florals unfold; the aromatics are harmoniously presented. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweet fruit flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit and plums interwoven with dark and dried herbs and earthy notes. The fruit forms a fine-textured core with supple, grainy tannin extraction and soft acidity lending a roundness to the mouthfeel. The flavours carry with positive energy to a savoury red fruit and earthy finish. This is a gently full, dark-red berry fruited Pinot Noir with savoury dark and dried herb and earthy flavours on a supple, rounded palate. Match with mushroom and game meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. North Canterbury fruit fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins and aged 10 months in seasoned French oak barriques. 17.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $25.00

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