Wairau River Reserve Pinot Noir 2020

Country
New Zealand
Region
Marlborough
Producer
Wairau River Wines
Grape(s)
Pinot Noir (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Light
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Light bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content
13.5%
Closure Style
Screw Cap
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Sustainable
Yes-certified sustainable
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
Yes
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

The northern tip of South Island has become New Zealand`s most important wine region since sheep farming and cherry orchards were first replaced with vineyard in the 1970s. Much of the land is alluvial river basin with well-drained soils that provide an ideal environment for pungent, grassy Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir from the more suitable clay slopes and Pinot Gris are also proving world-beaters.

Producer

Wairau River wines take their name from the river that runs through the heart of the Marlborough wine region. (Wairau is Maori for `many waters`). The Rose family were pioneers in planting vines in the 1970`s and after originally selling the grapes to other wineries (like Cloudy Bay) they launched their own label in the early 1990`s. Today their foresight has created a very successful company which remains family owned and run. Wairau River is one of the largest independent wine estates in Marlborough, and the range of elegant wines is characteristically expressive of its Marlborough roots.
Tasting Notes
Produced from the Home Block and Sam Rose`s vineyard this wine provides dark fruits entwined with savoury richness and toasty French oak. A medium bodied Pinot Noir, the complexity of the nose continues through the palate revealing generous fruit weight and mocha nuances delivered with a refined texture and a persistent finish.
Food
Garlic roasted lamb, vension steak or roasted salmon with capers.