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Wine of the Week-Kaiora Bay Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

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Kaiora Bay Central Otago Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

 

This delicious wine is made from NZ’s great Pinot Noir variety with the fruit being sourced from  3 different sub regions including Gibbston Valley,  Cromwell Basin and  Alexandria.In Central Otago, pinot noir accounts for 70 per cent of vine plantings, albeit on a smaller scale than Marlborough. The region makes a comparatively robust pinot style, with savoury and dark-fruit varietal flavours and quite strong tannins. Aldi’s own label provides a sound introduction to the style at a fair price.

Central Otago NZ is a wonderful Pinot region, and so, rightly, their less expensive  offerings are still very “buveable” (drinkable) and pleasant tasting. The wine is a medium light red. This wine has a generous palate and is a nice warm-weather red  fthat matches well with Duck,..Poultry or even salmon or a good curry,.. Considering that many of the wines from this region sell around the $40.00 mark this ALDI wine offers excellent value for money.

The wine is nicely structured,..a bit seductive  and engaging enough, ….and not  too big in style like many NZ or Aussie Pinots,.. I have always preferred the light to medium weight wines that approximate the French Burgundian style.

“Pinot,..after all,  is “the wine of French Kings designed to wash down the Duck or Pheasant,..and should not be too heavy in its structure!”

I have had a number of previous vintages,consumed in varying conditions,..and have found this wine a convincing proposition,..a very good no nonsense Pinot Noir !  Whilst there amy be some slight vintage variation,..it  generally has hints of fruit like dark cherries, plums and berries on the nose,..and  some savoury notes both on the nose and on the palate. The bouquet is confirmed on the palat with silky smooth tannins,and  slight savoury characteristics,..  in balance with the fruit core. It has a pleasnt texture ,.. denoting high quality fruit  and judicious winemaking with minimal oak intervention.

In Central Otago, pinot noir accounts for 70 per cent of vine plantings, albeit on a smaller scale than Marlborough. The region makes a comparatively robust pinot style, with savoury and dark-fruit varietal flavours and quite strong tannins. Aldi’s own label provides a sound introduction to the style at a fair price.

“The  wine shows lifted aromas of red/black cherry, hints of  spice, dark cherries and maybe redcurrants,..  and warm spice characters with subtle complexity. The palate exhibits succulent fruit intensity, wonderfully complemented by savoury nuances and polished tannins, finishing fresh and silky.”

We think its a a bargain at $14.99 and is the equal of many Pinots in the mid to high Twenties,many of which are “overengineered” and too big instructure in any case !

This wine has won a Swag of Medals as follows:

VINTAGE 2015:

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition

VINTAGE 2014:

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2015 New Zealand International Wine Show, Class 20

VINTAGE 2013:

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition, Class 13a

AWARD WINNER – 4 Stars – Winestate, November/December 2014

VINTAGE 2012:

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition, Class 13a

AWARD WINNER – 4 Stars – Winestate, Annual Edition 2015 + 2016

Available form ALDI