2012 Tongue In Groove "Clayvin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Elsewhere $40) SKU #1181052

$29.99

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K&L Notes

Incredible Pinot from one of NZ's most "sacred" sites. The Clayvin vineyard is situated on a gentle north facing slope in the Brancott Valley. The heavy clay soils and high density planting lends the vineyard its signature concentration and power. The fruit is darker edged and has lovely rich earthy undertones brought forth by Lynnette's gentle but masterful winemaking. A stunning bottle from TIG! 92 points Raymond Chan: "Fruit from the ‘Clayvin’ vineyard, Marlborough, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole cluster to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 21-25 days on skins and aged 16-17 months in 25% new French oak barrels. Full, even, dark ruby-red colour. This has a very fresh and tightly bound nose of dark red berry and cherry fruits with chalky minerals, nutty notes and a firm oak core, revealing a little savoury dried herbal nuance. Medium-full bodied, tightly bound dark red berry and cherry fruit flavours show with a piercing intensity and depth. The fruit is rich and lusciously juicy, the vibrancy and vitality enhanced by fresh, balanced acidity. This has a firm and very fine-grained textural line, revealing some mineral and herb elements. The flavours recede and follow a concentrated line to a lighter, dry finish. This is a tight, concentrated and vibrantly luscious Pinot Noir with fine-grained structure. Serve with beef, lamb and hare over the next 7-9 years."

Staff Reviews

  • Mahon McGrath
    By: Mahon McGrath
    2/25/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Maybe I need to taste more Kiwi Pinot Noir; I never would have pegged this as an antipodean wine! There’s a richness, ripeness, and density to this that I’d probably have pegged as Oregonian if I’d been blinded on it. Smoky, dark fruit, parched earth, and woodsy vanilla on the nose leads into a pure, plump medium bodied wine with elegant, silky tannins, and a cocoa-powder dusted finish of good length. There is more power than simple opulence here, so while it is far from being “wound up” or in-accessible now, it would be very interesting to revisit this five to eight years down the road to see how it evolves when it has had a chance to relax. Home run!
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    2/3/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Having enjoyed multiple bottles of Tongue In Groove's Riesling prior to trying the Pinot Noir, I knew I was in for a delicious, quality wine. This NZ Pinot has medium to full body, with delicious dark berries and fruit on the nose. This Pinot has smooth tannins that seem to only get smoother with time in the decanter. If you throw this wine in the decanter, you will not regret it! I am sure it can only get better. Don't have a decanter? No problem! Just let some wine sit in your wine glass for a while and it will also take off and take on new profiles and flavors. If you have not ever had a Pinot from this part of the world, you should be presently surprised.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    12/2/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    Tongue in Groove is an amazing new project from some of the savviest folks in the NZ wine biz. Ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynnette Hudson leads the team creating these spectacular wines from some of the best vineyards in the country. Her many years of experience and expertise crafting Pinot Noir and Riesling (Tongue in Groove’s obvious focus) show in these stunning wines with silky textures, purity and depth. The “Vine Tender” is Nick Gill, is one of the most talented viticulturalists in NZ. As we know, one of the most important elements of any wine is what goes on in the vineyard! Managing Director is Angela Clifford, she is the one who pulls together Tongue in Groove’s wacky personality and hones it into one pretty slick package! The distinctive labels each represent a different character from the group of friends behind TIG and the designs illustrate their individual personality traits; just like the character of the wondrous, diverse, expressive wines inside the bottles!
  • Mike Barber
    By: Mike Barber
    11/23/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    A rich nose of earth and raspberry gives way to red fruit and fig flavors. This Marlborough beauty has many layers of fruit complexity and reminds me of an elegant Sonoma Pinot from the best of vintages, albeit a little more racy and edgy than most domestic Pinots can get.
  • Sarah Covey
    By: Sarah Covey
    11/20/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    A sexy little find from our friends at Tongue & Groove, this wine shows black currant, red cherry, and cranberry with an underlying minerality, medium plus acidity and fine tannin. Beautifully balanced and elegant. Love it!
  • Mellyn Craig
    By: Mellyn Craig
    11/20/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    I LOVE this Clayvin Vineyard Pinot! This wine is loaded with juicy dark cherry and currant, earthy forrest floor notes, backing spice and purple flowers. The fresh acidity balances out this wine and has enough structure to age well. It is delicious now, but I hope I will practice discipline and save some for about 5 years from now.
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    10/29/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    An exceptional pinot from a stellar new DI. Earthier that the Cabal Vineyard pinot, the Clayvin offers aromas of forest floor, white flowers and a touch of peat. The palate is full of bramble, blackberry, leather and pine elegantly integrated. This is just my type of pinot, elegantly earthy.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    10/24/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    Lovely earthy notes and a fine level of tannins on the back end give a bit more nuance to this than the standard NZ options. A bit more structured and deep in flavor. Well made.

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