Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir 2014
The Reserve Pinot Noir is Te Mania’s premier red wine produced in seasons where fruit quality achieves an exceptional standard. The Reserve wine is made in a richer and more complex style than the standard Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is one of the most difficult and expensive wines to make well, but is one of the most rewarding displaying a wide range of flavours and aromas.
Jancis Robinson selected Te Mãnia 2003 Reserve Pinot as one of her top 10 Pinots from New Zealand in Decanter 2005. The 2005 won GOLD at Air New Zealand wine awards and was awarded 95/100 points by Bob Campbell (MW). 2006 was selected by Qantas for their business class passengers. 2008 awarded Gold at Sydney International and the 2011 won Gold at the Sakura Wine Awards.
Nose: Spicy sweet cherry aromas combining with a delicate violet herbal and note and chary oak.
Palate: The palate shows rich black cherry, red currants and plum fruit characters backed by fine fruit tannins and spicy oak. A smooth, well-structured Pinot Noir with a long lingering complex finish that will continue to develop over several years cellaring.
Vintage: Intensive viticulture, including bunch thinning and hand leaf plucking, ensures maximum exposure of the grapes to the sun and encourages optimum ripeness and flavour development within the grapes. Selected rows of Pinot Noir clones 115, 777 and 5 were managed in the vineyard to produce a low yielding crop of 1.6 tonnes per acre. All the grapes are hand picked.
At the winery the grapes were destemmed and crushed then transferred to small open top fermenters. After maceration for a week, ferment commenced with indigenous yeasts. Traditional hand plunging of the cap was carried out throughout the ferment, and after approx 12 days post-ferment maceration, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels. The wine was left in barrel to naturally go through full malolactic fermentation in the spring as the temperature rose. It was then blended, filtered and bottled in the following year.
Organic Status: Certified Organic AsureQuality New Zealand.
Diet: Suitable for a vegan diet.
Alcohol: 14 %
Acidity: 6 gms/L
The wine is richly fruited and elegantly savoury at the same time, displaying dark cherry, plum, nutmeg and truffle characters with nuances of cedar and spice. The palate shows excellent fruit concentration and silky texture, together with lovely fruit intensity and earthy mushroom undertones. Smooth, seductive and engaging. At its best: now to 2021.
««««« Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2016
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