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Pinot Noir is the most highly prized wine in the world. But why? It’s not as rich or big as its noble cousins, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Pinot Noir wines are pale in color, translucent and their flavors are very subtle. The grape itself is weak, suffering from a variety of diseases and its genetics make it highly susceptible to mutation. Despite the difficulty in growing the grape, prices for a bottle of Pinot Noir are generally more than a similar quality red wine.
I like to think of Pinot Noir as a catch-all food pairing wine. Pinot Noir is light enough for salmon but complex enough to hold up to some richer meat including duck. In a pinch, when everyone orders a vastly different entree at a restaurant, you can usually win by picking Pinot Noir; it will make everyone happy.
There are beautiful ripe red fruits on the nose – think plums & strawberries along with a light, alluring spice. The Bosworth Pinot Noir is a middle weight wine with red fruit running through the palate & framed within lovely tannins. This wine goes very well with cheeses, chicken dishes & charcuterie.
Textbook example of New Zealand Pinot Noir by 'Digger' Hennessey & Corey Hall, chief winemakers at the prestigious Mount Riley & Matua wineries.
6 out 7 rating in Michael Cooper 'Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines' "Grown at several sites, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barrels for 10 months. It's a full-bodied wine, with generous cherry, herb and spice flavours, showing considerable complexity."
17/20 points - Jancis Robinson MW
“Cherry, currant, plum and raspberry together with toast, spice and a hint of forest floor. The palate is supported by firm well integrated tannins and soft acid.”
Martinborough is home to New Zealand's most prestigious (& expensive!!) Pinot Noirs with names such as Ata Rangi, Dry River & Craggy Range.
Grown on a single vineyard in Martinborough, the fruit was handpicked after an excellent growing season.
This is an excellent Martinborough Pinot Noir at a fraction of the price of Martinborough's 'big names'!
90pts - James Halliday
A delicious multi-award winning wine crafted using three different clones of Pinot Noir. Deep red, showing light purple tinges. The bouquet has lovely aromas of spicy red fruit & dark cherries. Juicy flavours on the palate with a vibrant acid line, fine tannins & subtle oak notes. A long & lingering finish. Pinot Noir is a very selective grape. It does not like the heat but does like the sun. It likes to be on well-drained soils so not good on flat landscapes. It likes warm days but more important, cold summer nights. It is so demanding that only a few Australian regions can aspire to produce a Pinot Noir of any pedigree. The Yarra Valley has attained that status over the decades and we have set out to support that reputation with our attention to detail and first-rate vineyard sites.
"Estate-grown, wild-fermented, matured for 9 months in French oak. A substantial pinot built around a base load of tannins." - James Halliday
2017 – Silver Medal at Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
2017 – Double Gold Medal at Melbourne International Wine Competition (2016 Vintage)
2017 – Bronze Medal at Yarra Valley Wine Show (2016 Vintage)
2017 – Bronze Medal at Sydney Royal Wine Show (2016 Vintage)
2017 – Bronze Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards (2016 Vintage)
94 Points - James Halliday
93+ Points - The Wine Front
Authoritative wine critic Jeremy Oliver recently describes South Gippsland as having the "finest Pinot Noir site in Australia". We agree! Bellvale is just kilomteres from the iconic Bass Phillip winery ('2013 Wine of the Year') & enjoys a similar - if not better- vineyard site. Compare with Bass Phillip Estate @ $120 - at less than half the price!
"Clear crimson; while all the Bellvale Pinots have precisely the same alcohol, this is distinctly firmer, presumably the consequence of more new French oak; higher acidity." - James Halliday
"It’s smoky & herbal & structured, with meat & black pepper establishing a proper foothold even as darker cherried, almost graphite-like flavours pour through....interest & quality it has in spades."- The Wine Front
94pts - Robert Parker -"The Wine Advocate"
92pts – Steven Tanzer
“The palate is very well-balanced with good substance: beautiful, silky tannins & real poise on the Vosne-like finish. Dare I say, you might think that you were drinking say a Vosne-Romanée Beaux Monts, if it were not for the opulence on the nose. Superb. - The Wine Advocate