Delta Vineyard Pinot Noir Marlborough 2007
90 Points Wine Advocate : ?Quite a high extraction on the nose with dark cherry and plum with a touch of mulberry the palate soft and supple with a plush finish tinged with white pepper. Some classic Pinot earthy elements to the aroma. The mid-palette brings out dark cherry juice and some mushroom. A joy to sip.?
90 Points Wine Advocate : ?Quite a high extraction on the nose with dark cherry and plum with a touch of mulberry, the palate soft and supple with a plush finish tinged with white pepper. Some classic Pinot earthy elements to the aroma. The mid-palette brings out dark cherry juice and some mushroom. A joy to sip.?
External Reviews for Delta Vineyard Pinot Noir Marlborough
The 2007 Pinot Noir is much better, quite a high extraction on the nose with dark cherry and plum with a touch of mulberry, the palate soft and supple with a plush finish tinged with white pepper.
Marlborough, New ZealandDelta Vineyard Pinot Noir is our newest red wine discovery from New Zealand. Delta Wines is a young partnership of Kiwi winemaker Matt Thompson and UK wine importer David Gleave founded in 2000 when Matt found a site in Marlborough that he felt was ideally suited to the production of top-quality Pinot Noir. The Delta philosophy is to produce Pinot Noir with vibrant fruit, good tannin structure, excellent acidity and well integrated subtle oak. The Delta Vineyard has 30 hectares of Pinot Noir. It is situated on the West Coast Highway in Marlborough in New Zealands South Island. About 25% of the vineyard is on the flats, while 75% is on the hills that rise to about 175 meters. The Delta Vineyard Pinot is made from the fruit grown on the flats, given extra depth by fruit from the hills. 2007 was a model vintage for Marlborough Pinot Noir, and Delta Vineyard Pinot Noir received a 90-point rating from Robert Parker. Delta Vineyard Pinot Noir is deep garnet in color with a nose of cherry, plum, mulberry and violet. Medium in body with a silky palate and soft tannins, the wine has nicely integrated oak and mineral notes. It was racked to French oak barrels (40%) and steel tanks for malolactic fermentation and aging for 10 months on light yeast lees. The wine is long and rich on the finish. Enjoy Delta Vineyard Pinot Noir with roast pork, rack of lamb, grilled salmon, ratatouille and aged cheeses.
The 2008 Pinot Noir takes time to coalesce in the glass, but gains intensity, revealing black cherry, a touch of iodine, violets and a faint tinny element. The palate is medium-bodied, quite fleshy, clean and crisp, though lacking some complexity towards the blueberry-tinged finish that shows a little heat.
People have a tendency to overlook New Zealand Pinot Noir, perhaps because of its great success in producing world-class whites. However, the cool, maritime climate and excellent soils make regions like Marlborough perfect for growing Burgundian-inspired reds that combine Old World structure and finesse with New World ripe, super-bright fruits that appeal to many wine drinkers. The 2006 Delta boasts cherry, violets and a touch of raspberry on the nose and palate, with such vibrant acidity that it is easy to imagine pairing with just about anything. Beyond the classic matches of salmon, tuna and pork, I envisioned serving this with paella or risotto. This wine has instant appeal for Oregon wine drinkers looking for something different, those who enjoy ripe fruits but find California wines to be too overpowering, and those who like classically styled wines but are looking for something less dusty or earthy. And the lighter style makes this refreshing for anyone who just can't bear to give up their red wines, even in the sweltering summer heat.
We can't get enough of this New Zealand Pinot Noir. It's like drinking a glass of pure heaven with all the freshly crushed raspberry fruits. This is a light-bodied, dry red wine that's just amazing alone but works wonderfully with meat dishes as well.