Mahana Gravity Pinot Noir 2014
All of Mahana's Pinot Noir is drawn from their organic and dry grown Moutere vineyard. The clay and gravel soils and the climate of Moutere make for a powerful terroir, and even at this level there is genuine density and power. Do not expect the lightweight, berry fruited style of Pinot that you so often get at this price point. Rather, this is packed with deep, dark cherry and anise spiced fruit. There are also hints of bitter chocolate and subtle nettle on the finish. Good texture and very fine tannins complete the picture. There was no new oak used, and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration. Half of the fruit was destemmed and fermentation occurred with wild yeasts in eight-tonne open concrete fermenters. On average, the cap was plunged twice daily. After three to four weeks the ferment was pressed and transferred to old French barriques for twelve months maturation, followed by a further seven months in tank before bottling. In short, a delicious and affordable NZ Pinot. "The wine has a youthful dark red - purple hue. There are lots of dark fruit characters such as cherry and blackberry. Also chocolate and savoury undergrowth characters of moss, mushroom and leaf litter. There are subtle herbal elements in there too. The nose is quite powerful and rich, even decadent. The nose carries to the palate which is quite rich and dark. It has a lovely velvet texture. There is plenty of sweet fruit and abundant fine tannins. Quite a mouthful at this price point." Michael Glover, winemaker
The Wine Front – Started by Shane Munn, the previous winemaker, finished by Michael Glover. About 60% of this is whole bunch with a blend of three of the top blocks. It's a one off in style and vision, with 2015 seeing the single blocks being presented as single wines. Smoke, rich earth and twiggy scents. Ripe, punchy dark berry and macerated cherry fruit character. Washes the palate with sweet, clean earthy character, game meat, dark fruits. Chewy tannins and ripples of murky spice. Finishes warm and full. It's a generous style, blocky, full, and many will love. 93 points, Mike Bennie, winefront.com.au
In a mixed or straight case: $29.44
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