Spy Valley `Envoy` Pinot Noir 2010 (6 x 750mL), Marlborough, NZ.

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Overview

The fruit for Envoy Pinot Noir comes from our oldest vines, in the area we call 'F Block.' Clay top soil, free draining gravel substrate, cool spring, warm dry summers and extended ripening combine with root stock, clonal selection and vine age to produce small bunches with concentrated flavours.

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

Expert Reviews

Envoy is the child of a single block of Spy Valley’s oldest pinot noir vines, and tends to land at the fuller-bodied end of the Marlborough spectrum. It delivers impressive black cherry and violet fragrance in 2010, with refreshing lift for a pinot of 14.5% alcohol. The palate is built on wonderfully mineral tannin depth, considerable drive and enduring persistence of liquorice and spice flavour. A Marlborough pinot of considerable longevity. Rating 96 - Tyson Stelzer, Winepress

Nose: An intense bouquet of New World fruits including dark cherry, Raspberry and a little plum all laced with brown spice suggestions from barrel fermentation and ageing in oak. Moderate complexity, it youthful and very new-worldly. Palate: Dry and firm with youthful fine tannins (mostly fine from skin contact). The oak is not far behind adding complexity and hints of brown spices. A youthful plum list reminds me this wine is still in development and will age for a further 3 to 6 years if not more. 4 1/2 Stars - Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

A top vintage, the 2010 is an enticingly fragrant, very generous and sweet-fruited red, estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, barrel-aged for 18 months (French, 28 percent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Silky-textured and savoury, it has beautifully ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, rich and harmonious. 5 Stars - 2013 Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

The 2010 Envoy Pinot Noir was matured in oak for 18 months, 28% new. Pale ruby-purple in color, it gives expressive notes of black cherries, mulberries and red currants with hints of underbrush, anise, toast and loam. Full bodied and generously fruited in the mouth, the concentrated flavors are well supported by a medium level of grainy tannins and lively acid, which gives lift through the long finish. Still very youthful, enjoy it now to 2018+. Rating 92+, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate

Fragrant, aromatic with appealing floral, red cherry and spice flavours underpinned by classy oak. It has a silken texture and lingering, drying finish. Seductive sweet fruit adds appeal, although the wine is certainly not a fruit bomb style. Rating 95 - Top 100 New Release, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

Envoy is the child of a single block of Spy Valley’s oldest pinot noir vines, and tends to land at the fuller-bodied end of the Marlborough spectrum. It delivers impressive black cherry and violet fragrance in 2010, with refreshing lift for a pinot of 14.5% alcohol. The palate is built on wonderfully mineral tannin depth, considerable drive and enduring persistence of liquorice and spice flavour. A Marlborough pinot of considerable longevity. Rating 92 - Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Bright Ruby

Aroma

Concentrated red fruit - cranberry, plum and raspberry with just a touch of this block's spicy anise character.

Palate

Mid palate weight is a feature, with a powerful and linear tannin structure. Expect enhanced fruit weight as this wine opens up in the years ahead.

Cellaring

3-4 years

Vintage
2010
Region
NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14.5%

Winery Profile

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Spy Valley Wines is situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka river are the vineyards of Johnson Estate.

Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneers in what was then a Marlborough sub region, the Lower Waihopai development continued with fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies.

From vintage 2000 wine was produced and sold under the Spy Valley label. The brand name SPY VALLEY® is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station (spy base) nearby, part of the Echelon Global Network.

The Envoy range of wines was released in 2007 and represents small parcel wine production from specific vineyard sites off Johnson family estate vineyards. The wines are vineyard designated and represent winemaker interpretations of site and vintage.

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