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Wooing Tree 2017 ‘Beetle Juice’ and 2013 ‘Sandstorm Reserve’ Pinot Noirs

12 April,2018

Wooing Tree is a specialist Central Otago Pinot Noir producer based in Cromwell with 17 ha planted to clones 5, 6, 115, 667 and 777, along with 1 ha of clone 95 Chardonnay, making primarily a broad range of Pinot Noir-based wines. The Wooing Tree Pinot Noir has proven to be very successful on the show circuit and in the market place, testifying to the quality of the fruit that the Farquharson and Bews families grow, and also the skill of winemaker Pete Bartle at VinPro. The Pinot Noir range includes the more accessible ‘Beetle Juice’ second label, which is practically as well-awarded as the premium label, and the flagship ‘Sandstorm Reserve’, which has greater richness, structure, detail and longevity. Here, I review the new 2017 ‘Beetle Juice’ and 2013 ‘Sandstorm Reserve’ Pinot Noirs. www.wooingtree.co.nz

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Wooing Tree ‘Beetle Juice’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18.5+/20

Full, very dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is very fresh and aromatically vibrant with bright, primary fruit aromas of dark-red berry and blackberry fruit, along with black plums, harmoniously intermixed with fragrant violet florals, soft nuances of dark herbs, unfolding suggestions of whole berry fermentation jam notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses rich and plush, accessible fruit flavours of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits, along with black plums and jam, lifted by violet florals. The fruit is sweet and juicy, very primary in expression, and is supported by supple, fine-grained tannin extraction, with balanced acidity. The flavours carry with plenty of energy to a juicy and luscious finish. This is a plush, sweetly rich and juicy, vibrant and accessible Pinot Noir with ripe berry, plum and floral flavours on a supple palate. Match with pasta, pizza, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 6, 667, 777 and 115, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 24% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $28.00

Wooing Tree ‘Sandstorm Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

19-/20

Even ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the edge. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned with well-bound and packed aromas of dark-red berry fruit melded with savoury dark and dried herbs, along with delicate whole bunch stalk perfumes, fine, lifted nutty oak unfolding red floral elements. This is refined in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely presented with a tight and well-concentrated core of dark-red berry fruit harmoniously interwoven with a layering of dark herbs and earthy complexities, unfolding nutty oak elements. The palate has plenty of drive and flows along a fine line with very fine-grained flowery tannin structure, and soft, integrated acidity. The flavours carry to a very long and sustained finish. This is an elegantly concentrated and refined Pinot Noir with dark-red berry fruits along with complexing savoury dried herbs and nutty oak, with plenty of fine-grained structure. Match with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 7-9+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clone 115, fermented with 10% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 13 months in 33% new French oak barrels. 210 dozen made. 19.0-/20 Apr 2018 RRP $85.00

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