Cloudy Bay `Te Wahi` Pinot Noir 2012 (6 x 750mL), Central Otago, NZ.

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Overview

Te Wahi means ‘The Place’ in Maori, a name chosen because they believe that great Pinot Noir speaks eloquently of its place of origin. Te Wahi is a different expression of Pinot Noir on Cloudy Bay's journey to discover the best vineyard sites and terroir for this grape variety in New Zealand, this time in Central Otago.

Region:
NZ - Central Otago
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

I didn’t much like it at first but it just got better and better. It’s certainly tangy. And it’s certainly not overripe. Cherry-plum, toast, creamy oak and chicory-like notes. Nervy, citrussy acidity is distracting at first but as the wine breathes it becomes less so. Decanting is highly recommended. It’s not a great release but it’s not shabby. Rating 91 - Drink by 2020, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au (JUL/2015).

Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2012 Te Wahi Pinot Noir has a nose of red and black cherries, warm cranberries and menthol with underlying Mediterranean herb and black pepper nuances. Medium bodied with mouth-filling cherry flavors and silky tannins lifted by racy acidity, it finishes with good length. Rating 89 - Drink by 2018, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (DEC/2014).

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

The pronounced fruit aromatics of bright raspberry and boysenberry on the Te Wahi 2012 are further intensified by those of rich, dark Christmas cake.

Palate

A fresh entry on the palate, bursting with fruit flavours and round, silky tannins drive toward a long, spicy finish.

Food Matching

Enjoy this wine with lean wild game and smokey beef dishes.

Vintage
2012
Region
NZ - Central Otago
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.9%

Winery Profile

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Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines, The Moët Hennessy Wine Division. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail and regional expression are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough.

The winery and vineyards are situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has 250 hectares over four estate vineyards, and long-term supply agreements with nine Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir with lesser quantities of gewurztraminer, riesling, and pinot gris.

Cloudy Bay wines are exported to over 30 markets, the principal ones being Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Europe and Japan. Cloudy Bay believes that the future success of specialist wineries lies in the production of high quality wines from varieties best suited to specific regions. At Cloudy Bay, emphasis is placed on individual fruit character and the development of a recognisable estate wine style.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was a founding member of the New Zealand Integrated Winegrape Production scheme, set up to develop a programme for sustainable vineyard management, which is now monitored by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Cloudy Bay’s impeccable scorecard reflects the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly winery and vineyard management practices.

The winery takes its name from the bay at the eastern extremity of the Wairau Valley, which was named Cloudy Bay by Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770. At the time of Cook’s discovery, Marlborough was in flood and the Wairau River running into the bay was full of silt creating cloudy waters.

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