Cloudy Bay unveils Otago Pinot Noir

Cloudy Bay unveils Otago Pinot Noir

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Cloudy Bay has unveiled a new wine from Central Otago. Called Te Wahi it is a Pinot Noir sourced from three hectares of vineyards in the area but Cloudy Bay hope to have their own vineyard holdings in Otago by 2013.

Cloudy Bay Te Wahi is aged for 14 months in 40% new French Oak and around 1000 cases will be releases each year.

Central Otago is the world’s southernmost commercial wine-growing region, the highest in New Zealand (at 200 to 400m) and it has the reputation as being the best area for Pinot Noir in New Zealand, so it is not surprising that CB want to be involved here.

The release date for Te Wahi has yet to be confirmed, but I can’t wait to try it!

If you can’t wait for the Te Wahi, then why not try one of my favourites the  Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir – and it is a great wine with Duck Confit!

Peregrine Pinot Noir 2010 Review

“Ruby-purple in color, the 2010 Pinot Noir gives youthfully subdued notes of black cherries and wild blueberries with underlying notes of baking spices and chocolate. Medium bodied and taut in the mouth, it has crisp acid, medium firm fine-grained tannins and a long cherry and dried herb finish. Give it another 6-12 months in bottle and drink to 2015+.” 89+ Points, Robert Parker.

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