Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Pinot Noir, Central Otago
This is the flagship Pinot from Cloudy Bay’s expansion into Central Otago.
To calibrate your senses before adding this wine to your list, Cloudy Bay recommends pairing the Te Wahi Pinot with black truffle and braised venison. So it's safe to say you can expect richness, depth, complexity and tannin but also bright fresh acidity. Across the nose and palate, you can also anticipate smoky, oaky, earthy notes that underpin the brooding black fruit. Sourced from Cloudy Bay’s own Northburn and Calvert vineyards.
Made from a blend of estate grown grapes from Bendigo and Bannockburn. Dense, rich wine with ripe plum, liquorice, spice, anise, dark berry, mushroom, earth and classy oak flavours. A weighty, concentrated pinot noir that is approachable now but will benefit from more time in bottle.
96 points, Bob Campbell MW (July 2018)
Fragrant, pretty perfume, red cherries, faint strawberry, rose petal notes. Sappy and bright flavours, cool acidity under a sheath of fine tannins. Smooth ride with a lift of orange-y acid tang to close. Has some dryer-red characters but the oomph will appeal to some. Neatly done.
93 points, Mike Bennie (June 2018)
This shows plenty of fruit richness with darker cherries, toasted spices and earthy aromas, as well as some fresh violet-like florals, too. The palate is succulent, smoothly layered and has attractive tannins that build in layers to a smooth, pastry-like finish.
93 points, James Suckling (March 2017)
A 50-50 blend of fruit from Northburn and Bannockburn (Cloudy Bay leases a portion of the Calvert Vineyard), the 2015 Te Wahi Pinot Noir is a full-bodied, plummy wine. It shows some pretty florals on the nose, but the palate is chocolaty and rich, offering hints of cola and dark-skinned plums. It's powerful and plush, with a velvety texture and lingering finish, almost verging on Californian (Russian River Valley?) in style.
91 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (March 2018)
Full, deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is very fresh and bright redolent of fragrant violet florals and perfumes. This has elegance. firmness and depth, unfolding a concentrated core of bright and vibrant dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit entwined with dark thyme herbs. The aromatics build in depth and density whilst retaining vitality. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is vibrant and lifted with bright dark-red and black berried fruits, melded with dark herbs and an array of florals. Some black mineral suggestions emerge. The palate possesses fine-grained tannin extraction lending a refined, but firm structure, with mouthwatering freshness from the acidity. This exudes perfumes and richness, and the concentrated flavours show excellent linearity and length. This is a vibrant, black-fruited, aromatic and fine-structured Pinot Noir with plush fruitiness.
19+ points, Raymond Chan (April 2018)
Central Otago, located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand, is the world’s most southerly wine region. In a short amount of time, the area has established itself as a world-class region for Pinot Noir. The picturesque region is surrounded by mountains ensuring a cool semi-continental climate that experiences a large diurnal range contributing to the creation of intensely concentrated wines with perfume, and complexity. Central Otago’s vineyard area is divided into six distinct sub regions each with their own climate and wine style. Best known for producing intensely Fruity medium to full bodied Pinot Noir, Central Otago’s cool climate also produces outstanding Riesling as well as superb bottle-fermented Sparkling wines.