Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cloudy Bay 2013 Pinot Noir from Central Otago

Cloudy Bay 2013 Pinot NoirCloudy Bay, the iconic New Zealand winery that put Sauvignon Blanc on the map celebrates its 30th anniversary this year as it continues to grow, expand and innovate – now turning their focus towards reinventing the Pinot Noir category. The winery is expanding into the famous Central Otago region on the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand (it was formerly only based in the Marlborough region) – to utilize terroir that it most amenable to producing the highest quality Pinot.
Central Otago is the southernmost winegrowing region in New Zealand and one of the southernmost wine regions in the world. This area has abundant sunshine during the growing season with hot, dry summers and higher elevation than anywhere else in New Zealand. These hot days, cool nights mineral soils give Central Otago wines a complex structure that stands out in the world of Pinot Noir. Cloudy Bay has always been committed to producing “wines of region” and that is the reason for selecting the Central Otago region for its Pinot Noir.

The 2013 growing season was ideal with good winter rains followed by desired spring conditions. Flowering was warm and sunny leading to average crops with great vine balance. In the winery, the grapes were de-stemmed and placed in stainless steel tanks and after a cold soak of several days, the fermentation commenced with naturally occurring yeasts at a maximum temperature of 90oF. After three weeks on the skins, each batch was transferred to French oak barrels (about 40% new) for 12 months of maturation. 

The result was a nice balanced Pinot Noir with a nose of black cherry, plum and a touch of smoke. On the palate you will enjoy flavors of black fruit, plum, spice and a touch of leather. This leads to a long intense finish that will result in a very enjoyable wine that will pair well with foods.

For more information: Cloudy Bay Wines

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