2014 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago SKU #1297201


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Winemaker's notes: "The 2014 Pinot Noir is carefully blended from 3 vineyards in the Lowburn and Bannockburn sub regions; our estate vineyards of Morrison and Muirkirk plus grower vineyard Pisa Terrace. All are farmed using certified BioGro organic practices. The vineyards are planted with a mixture of the Dijon clones and cropped at an average of 35 hectolitres per hectare, all vineyards being planted between 1997 and 2000. The wine was vinified using open fermenters, hand plunging, natural yeasts, and 11 months in French oak (15 % new) before racking and settling in tank for a further 4 months. Fermentation was carried out using de-stemmed fruit including the addition of 25% whole bunches. The wine is perfumed with lovely aromatics, there is a range of complexed fruit notes of darker berryfruit, some spice, savoury tones and dried herbs. It has a silky and lush texture, concentrated fruit power yet finely balanced with fine tannins throughout and long in flavour. No filtration or fining, deposits may form. Organically grown and made."

Staff Reviews

  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    Consistently one of my favorite Pinot Noirs among our selection from New Zealand, and the first bottle I grab when I want to introduce a customer to the wines of the Central Otago region. Big. Bold. Black-fruited. And with a savory element from the inclusion of 25% whole clusters. Absolutely textbook. And an absolute delight to drink.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Compared to the Wanaka Rd bottling, you can sense the darker tones to the fruit, the more serious structure, and the fact that this Pinot Noir, while terrific now with a meal (quick suggestion: grilled lamb chateaubriand served with roasted fingerlings), is built to improve in bottle. Mount Edward continues to make the best value Pinot Noir in New Zealand, which in turn places them amongst the best value Pinot Noirs in our selection.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an extremely well-rounded Pinot Noir from one of my favorite Central Otago producers. Mount Edward really puts their focus on high quality fruit coming out of the vineyard so they can practice minimalistic, non-interventionalist winemaking in the cellar. Their gentle, hands-off approach is very evident in the elegance and refinement this wine displays. Twenty-five percent whole cluster adds structure to bright, red fruits and the unfined and unfiltered approach gives depth and intricacies that may otherwise be stripped out. This is a great overview of Central Otago as a three vineyard blend and should be in the house of seasoned Pinot lovers and newbies alike.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine strikes a balance between fruit notes and savory qualities that I really enjoy about New Zealand Pinot Noir. It is clean and pure with plenty of cherry, red currant and blackberry and has a hint of freshly cracked black pepper both in the nose and on the palate. Cheerful acidity and a lasting finish ties everything together, making this a tasty anytime wine.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    I can't think of a better barometer for Central Otago Pinot Noir than this bottling from Mount Edward. This bottle selects fruit from both of Mount Edward's estate vineyards (Muirkirk and Morrison) plus grower's fruit from the esteemed Pisa Terrace Vineyard. All of thee sites are certified BioGro organic and each one is situated in a different sub-region of Central Otago. Therefore from this wine you get a fantastically panoramic vinous expression of the region encapsulating many of its intricate terroirs into one beautifully integrated package. The skill of the assemblage lies with Duncan Forsyth and his trusty right hand gal Anna Riederer. Here they forge a unity between the power and depth of Bannockburn, the silky textures and elegance of Lowburn and the youthfully vibrant aromatics and bright lift of Pisa. It's a fantastic bottle offering richness and intensity of fruit but also some beautifully subtleties and nuances driven by place. The wine is textural and complex; very giving now in its youth but has plenty of stuffing to last a decade in the cellar should you wish. The only flaw with my barometer analogy is that if you chose this wine as your gauge for quality you are likely to be seriously disappointed by the vast majority of other wines even close to this price. With our winery direct relationship this price is ludicrously low given the producer's pedigree, huge accolades and sheer deliciousness of what's in the bottle.
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2027
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Central Otago is one of my favorite regions in New Zealand for Pinot Noir particularly. I love the savory yet clean and bright profile that the grape tends to assume in this region. Mount Edward is definitely one of the top examples for Central Otago Pinot. This bottling includes a few key vineyard sites to showcase the power and depth of the area as a whole. Here you have dark, exuberant berry fruit contending with an almost herbal, brambly note and lovely wet clay earthiness. The wine is made with wild yeast, and organic farming, so you have very little manipulation here, allowing the true character of the terroir to shine through.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Dark and savory Central Otago Pinot Noir! Lush dark cherry fruit backed with a touch of oak and plenty of that savory herbal Central Otagoness. The palate is round with moderate tannins and fresh acidity. The fruit really comes to the forefront with that herbal tone and a nice counter point on the finish.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This toasty, bacony Pinot Noir from Mount Edward reminded me of some of the bigger, high end Oregon Pinot Noirs, but at half the price! If you love your Pinot with substance, but still dry and long, this is a must try!
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This organic, unfined and unfiltered wine is deep, dark and somewhat brooding in nature. There is plenty of sweet black cherry fruit to accent the forest floor and spice notes that linger on the bright finish. This is a big, bold bargain that drinks well above its price and should not be missed.


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