About This Wine
In wine circles, New Zealand is known primarily for Sauvignon Blanc.
But as its Pinot Noir vineyards have matured — some now nearly 30 years old — that variety has been gaining more acclaim. Some of the oldest Pinot plantings can be found in the Martinborough Terrace area of Marlborough, the home of Manu wines.
Manu’s Pinot Noir vines are 28 years old, and with each passing year, the wines show greater aging potential. A bonus for wine lovers is that even the most ageworthy wines continue to be accessible and enjoyable in their youth.
A good example is Manu’s 2009 bottling, a wine that benefited from a hot growing season on the Martinborough Terrace, which accommodated full ripening of the grapes. This Pinot is packed with personality, from its sweet fruit flavors to its earth, savory and spice notes. Sauvignon Blanc remains New Zealand’s “signature” variety, but thanks to wines such as this, Pinot Noir is coming on strong.
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Martinborough Terrace Area of Marlborough, New Zealand
- Aromas & Flavors:Red & Black Cherry, Earth, Savory and Spice
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels (One-Third First Use)
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestionbroiled salmon, or a barbecue beef sandwich.
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