Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2008 (6 x 750mL), Marlborough, New Zealand

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Overview

A hallmark of Wither Hills Pinot Noir is the purity of fruit, youthful bright elegant fl avours and subtle power. This is a classically elegant yet opulent mouth filling Marlborough Pinot Noir.

Region:
NZ - Marlborough
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

Outstanding clear crimson colour; a beautifully articulated and crafted pinot, with effortless red fruit flavours and silky texture; gold medal at Air New Zealand Wine Awards no surprise.Rating 96 - James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au (21/JAN/2011)

While much of the NZ pinot noir interest centres around the regions of Central Otago and Martinborough, Marlborough is currently turning out some terrific examples of this variety, of which this is one. Expect smells of pitted black cherry, spiced plum, tobacco leaf and dried woody herbs. The palate is soft, fleshy, finely pointed and delicious.Matt Skinner, Sunday AGE (13/FEB/2011)

Deeply coloured, with concentrated plum, cherry, spice and slight herb flavours, showing good complexity. Firmly structured, youthful wine, worth cellaring.4 Stars - Winestate Magazine (01/FEB/2011)

Wither Hillss regular pinot is good... The style is rich and fruit-sweet, and doesnt stint on oak, although they're less oaky than in the past. Toast, vanilla, dark-cherry and ginger/spice; full middle palate, richness and intensity. Rating 92 - Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald (30/NOV/2010)

This is made from grapes grown in two vineyards on different sides of the same hill. Theres quite a bit of complexity going on with perfumed aromas of cherry, plum, violet, beetroot and spicy oak. They are followed by bright, sweet-and-sour flavours of cherry and raspberries, with sappy, stalky characters adding an extra dimension. Theres a juicy acid backbone, which is supported by fine-grained tannins.Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review (15/SEP/2010)

Probably the best Wither Hills blend yet; this has less oak than some of the previous vintages, allowing the fruit to express itself. It is a lovely bright wine with spicy cherry and plum fruit flavours to the fore. The purity of fruit is immediately apparent, along with some impressive intensity. There are some chewy tannins that will mellow and its a wine with real pinosity - it could not possibly have been made from any other grape. Beautifully balanced.Winsor Dobbin, Sunday Examiner (12/SEP/2010)

A dense yet elegant wine with an array of fruit flavours including dark cherry, plum and a suggestion of violet. Perfectly balanced and beautifully structured, it has a lingering finish. An impressive pinot that surely ranks as one of the regions best. Bob Campbell MW, Qantas Inflight Guide to Wine - 5th Edition, (MAY/2009)

Its great to see Wither Hills continuing to shine with this variety, especially from an uneven vintage. I have tasted this wine three times and its showing good consistency, displaying lifted aromas of red/dark cherry, game, mushroom and beautifully integrated cedary oak. The palate is rounded and plush with velvety texture and supple tannins. The wine flows seamlessly through the palate showing lovely harmony and complexity. This is great drinking now, although not as dense and sturdy as their 2007, it should develop beautifully, as other vintages have done. Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (17/AUG/2010)

  • Richly coloured, with a fragrant, slightly earthy and savoury bouquet. Ripe, sweet-fruit flavours showing excellent density, strongly seasoned with oak. Weighty, rich, slightly chewy wine, set to age well." 5 Stars and Best Wine of 2008 - Michael Cooper, Winestate Annual 2009 (JAN/2009)

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

A wonderful core of spice, ripe fragrant plum, and brooding forest fruits command the aromatics.

Palate

The tannins are long, chewy and silky, coupled with sublime acid balance. Adding structure and natural weight to the subtle French oak, spice and cocoa notes. A hall mark of Wither Hills Pinot Noir is the purity of fruit; dark dense generous elegant flavours and subtle power.

Winemaking Notes

Our two Pinot Vineyards; Ben Morven & Taylor River are strategically sited in the lee of the southern landmark range of the Wairau Valley the Wither Hills. Each vineyard site was hand harvested at optimum flavour ripeness. The vineyards and clones were kept separate throughout the winemaking process to provide the greatest possible individual expression.

The fruit was destemmed, cold soaked in square fermenters, inoculated with selected and wild yeast strains, drained off at dryness, basket pressed and left to relax for 14 months in French Barriques, during which the wine underwent Malolactic Fermentation. The wine was then blended, egg white fined, lightly filtered, and bottled resulting in a classically elegant yet opulent mouth filling Marlborough Pinot Noir.

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal, Japan Wine Challenge 2010

Gold Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009

Vintage
2008
Region
NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14.5%

Winery Profile

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Established in 1994, with vineyards strategically sited throughout Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Wither Hills has always been dedicated to the philosophy that exceptional wines are ‘created in the vineyard’.

Named after the southern landmark range of Wither Hills that border our vineyards, our focused, hands on approach to winegrowing allows us to make a range of wines that reflect our passion for the ‘place where we stand’.

Winemaker Ben Glover

Ben Glover grew up among the vineyards of Marlborough and has worked at Wither Hills since its establishment almost ten years ago. In April 2007, he was appointed Chief Winemaker for the winery providing him with the opportunity to lead the award-winning winemaking team at Wither Hills.

He has a wealth of wine growing and winemaking experience across New Zealand and has worked internationally in Sonoma in California, Margaret River in Western Australia, Burgundy in France, and Puglia in Italy.

His particular passion is Pinot Noir, and the international accolades earned for the Wither Hills Pinot Noir are a reflection of Ben’s devotion to his craft.

His selection as the New Zealand representative scholar for the inaugural Len Evans tutorial in 2001 and his extensive experience as an international wine judge are testaments to his dedication to quality wine – both winemaker and as an appreciative wine drinker.

Ben has a Commerce Degree from Canterbury University and a Post Graduate degree in viticulture & oenology from Lincoln University.

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