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  • Even garnet-red colour, a little lighter on the edge.
  • A fine texture from the fruit and youthful almost bold voice from the oak.
  • The mouthfeel has good vitality and energy with fine-grained background tannin structure and fresh, balanced acidity.
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Dark Red
Nose A savoury nose with hints of black cherry, red plum and earthy characters.
Palate On the palate it is up front fruit leading through to spice and savoury notes with a silky, velvet finish.
Food Pairing Match with pork, lamb and beef dishes.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes The Special Cuvee is only made in the best of years and only from the best barrels produced that year and named after members of the Leung family. Two Richards Pinot Noir is made up of equal quantities of 3 clones; 667, 777 and Abel. 2014 was a spectacular vintage for Martinborough, one of the earliest on record due to an earlier budburst than normal and warm settled weather during the ripening period. This wine will continue to develop for up to 10 years from vintage date
Variety Pinot Noir
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type None
Vintage 2014
Region Martinborough
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Martinborough
The wine region of Martinborough is located in South Wairarapa on the southern end of the north island, and in only 30 years or so has gone from a sleepy colonial town to a world-class wine village.



The region has picked up numerous international awards since the 1990’s with Pinot Noir picking up the lion’s share of the medals. Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine of the region, with some incredible wines being produced.



The mineral laden soils, combined with the cool climate provide the perfect backdrop for Pinot Noir, much as it has for centuries in Burgundy, France. Indeed the Pinot Noirs produced are very Burgundian in style, a compliment not adorned to many other wine regions worldwide.



The micro-climate of Martinborough is rather warm, with hills both to the east and west. Most all of the vineyards are located in thin strips around the northern and eastern sides of the town or on the Dry River to the south of Martinborough. All the vineyards follow dry riverbeds, which have the desired soil structure for viticulture.



Although Pinot Noir is the king of the reds, Shiraz is also cultivated and in the whites, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris are grown.
18.5/20
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Raymond Chan
Even garnet-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The bouquet is very elegant and refined with fragrant red fruits along with spices and spicy oak, red florals and liquorice notes. A subtle lift adds to the aromatics, the and nose shows a fine core with fruit freshness and vibrancy. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and lively aromatic red berry fruit flavours entwined with red florals, liquorice, and a layering of spicy oak. The mouthfeel has good vitality and energy with fine-grained background tannin structure and fresh, balanced acidity. The possesses linearity and drive, and carries to a sustained finish of red fruits and spices. This is a vibrant Pinot Noir with soft red berry fruit and floral flavours, spicy oak and fine structure. Match with pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 6+ years. A barrel selection wine. An equal blend of clones 667, 777 and Abel from the ‘Ma Maison’ vineyard fully destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 9-10 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 822 bottles made.
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Cameron Douglas MS
An engaging bouquet with aroma sof spice, toast, barrel, red fruits and a little bottle aged harmonising; quite complex and definitely intriguing. On the palate - delicious! I do like the way in which the oak and fruit talk, medium+ tannins with a fine texture from the fruit and youthful almost bold voice from the oak, medium+ acidity adds poise and length; balanced and well made with a lengthy and ngaging finish.

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