Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wine Review: Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2012

Look at that beautiful snow! Of course, by the time this review is published it'll be gone. This is Cape Cod and it's rare that the release of a snow storm lasts more than a few days, if it all doesn't melt away the following day. This storm was weird too. I was working an 11 hour shift, it looked terrible outside, and I was wondering why the store didn't close early. Then on my way home the roads were perfectly fine. "So that's why! It's surprisingly safe!" I thought to myself while checking Instagram and driving. I'm just joking. Never think and drive, kids.

I've got two reviews of Wither Hills wine for you! Today I'm doing their 2012 Pinot Noir and in a few days I'll release a review of their 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. Out of Marlborough, New Zealand, they're a winery that has embraced sustainable farming. All of their vineyards are Certified Sustainable Winegrowing (SWNZ). Two of their vineyards are Certified Organic (BioGrow NZ) and the others are in the process of earning that certification.

Nine Inch Nails, The Slip
It's been a really long time since I've done a music selection so I thought I'd slap on the headphones and blast some music while sipping this wine. I've chosen to go with Nine Inch Nail's The Slip. This is the album that they released for free on their website back in 2008 and it's brilliant. I love NIN so much that it frustrates me when the crap stuff comes out, and that's more often than it should be. But we stay loyal because we know of Trent's potential, and it shine through in The Slip

The 2012 Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir from two vineyards in Wairau Valley: Benmorven and Taylor River. The grapes were hand picked and cold soaked before the wine was fermented and left to age in French oak for fourteen months.

The screwcap actually made a POP sound when I twisted it open! UH OH! DISASTER! But a quick sniff of fresh fruit and I was relieved that everything was okay. Phew. I've had a few faulty bottles sent to me while doing this blog and it's always depressing. But not tonight.

The color of the wine is a dark cranberry with a denser center than I was expecting for an NZPN. There's a chalkiness overlaying the nose of cherries, jelly bean and sandalwood. Just from the nose it tells you that this is a lively, cool-climate, quality Pinot that isn't too wrapped up in its own self-importance.

It has a bright and tart acidity that's complimented with its lush medium body. Bright cherries dominate the midpalate with chunks of chocolate and hints of clove and sandalwood. Just like the nose said it would be... lively, cool-climate, quality Pinot that isn't too wrapped up in its own self-importance.

Solid and doing its thing. Delicious.

Price: $20
Rating: 3.5/5 = Satisfying / Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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