2016 Nor'Wester (Omihi) by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury SKU #1381650

Price: $19.99

SK 94 BC 93 RP 92
RC 91
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Professional Reviews

K&L Notes

92+ points The Wine Front: Forest berry compote scents, some muddy-earthy notes, undergrowth, slate. The palate is juicy yet quite transparent, flavours a bit diffuse and shrouded in silty-graphite tannins. Minerality is a word you could use here, but fruit is shy, and tannins a bit tough to close. A vin de garde style, would be best description. (MB 6/2018) Winemaker notes: "All batches were fermented in small lots with wild yeasts and allowed to macerate on skins, with daily hand plunging for up to 30 days. The young wine was gently pressed to French oak barriques, where it rested for 10 months before blending and bottling on-site without fining. A nose of Black Doris plums and baking spices leads to a bright palate of dark berry fruits and earthy truffles. The soft dry tannins are beautifully balanced with a long, flavourful finish."

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Today is Earth Day 2019....why we allot but one day a year to show the love for the only real home any of us have is beyond me. I imagine those fragile remnants of humanity who inhabit the dwindling rain forest consider every day ‘Earth Day.' Nurture the thought. And on this miraculous orb, there are few places that can rival the enviable natural beauty of New Zealand. The Waipara region on the South Island produces fabulous Pinot Noirs of exceptional charm and elegance, as this wine amply demonstrates. Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in French barriques for ten months, this Pinot surrenders aromas and flavors of black plums, bright cherries, floral notes, spice and tapenade. Layered with silky tannins and pleasant acidity, it finishes with both impressive power and poise. Serve with pork tenderloin, wild mushroom risotto or seared ahi tuna.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    From acclaimed Greystone winemaker Dom Maxwell comes this pure and precise take on Pinot Noir, equal to any Old World site in terms of quality. This wine is made from small batches of Pinot all fermented using wild yeasts, aged in French oak barrique for ten months, and bottled unfined and unfiltered to maintain complexity and texture. Greystone winery takes great care to gently handle the fruit and to ensure only the highest quality is released. Recently named "Winemaker of the Year" in Gourmet Traveller, Dom Maxwell is pioneering new techniques and gaining fast recognition. With the help of viticulturalist Nick Gill (of Tongue in Groove pedigree), Nor'Wester is displaying itself to be one of the most interesting and friendly wines on the shelf. Dusky tannin, delicate earth notes, dark cherry, with a medium-body and a great line of acidity are the markers of this wine from one of the most under-rated areas in New Zealand.
    Top Value!
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    Initial nosing displays a wine that is light and earthy, so there are welcome Burgundian tones to this Pinot Noir. In short time, though, more fruit note emerge to round out this New Zealand wine. Sour cherry, blackberry, and damson reveal themselves with a touch of pepper and a soft floral quality. Tart berries burst on the palate including not-yet-ripe blueberries and lingonberry sauce with just a little leafy green herbaceousness.
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    K&L Staff Member
    Rich dark fruit, silky tannins, verve of acidity and a underbrush finish make this a complete Pinot, and an incredible value to boot. The Nor'Wester showcases the classic Kiwi fruit notes but doesn't let them ride over everything, restraining them with an earthy palette edge and smoke beams racing to a forest floor end. Fantastic food wine that will complement game or lamb especially well
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine shows a bit of earth with delicate, dark, Pinot fruit that is in the background. While on the palate the medium body shows a lightness with a tangy delicacy. The finish is savory, delicate and shows hints of earth and spice.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    The return of a best seller with a new name and package! The Nor'Wester from Greystone / Grey's Peak is basically a declassified bottling from their top notch, organically farmed estate in Waipara Valley. We had this wine omce before under the Thistle Ridge label. Winemaker Dom Maxwell is a highly regarded talent producing some of the countries most highly rated wines. Our long relationship with the team and Grey's Peak allowed us first dibs on this highly scored bottling. The wine delivers authentic Pinot Noir varietal characters of berry fruits, sous bois, smoke, clove, freshly turned earth. Medium bodied with food friendly acidity and fine tannins. Lovely length and balance of fruit vs savory elements. A very complete wines for the money thanks to our direct import program. Don't miss it.


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