Delta Vineyard Pinot Noir Marlborough 2008
The Delta Farm, first established in 1848, was purchased in 2000 by four partners. Winemaker Matt Thomson and London-based Master of Wine David Gleave are two of the partners. “The aim is to plant and work only with Pinot Noir, and to make the very best expression possible of Pinot from Marlborough,” explains Matt. With this in mind, Matt looked for a site on the low vigour clay soils to the south of the valley. ‘In the past, much Pinot was planted beside Sauvignon Blanc on the high vigour loam soils closer to the river,” explains Matt, one of the region’s busiest consultants. “This soil is ideal for Sauvignon, but not for Pinot.” His search drew him to the Delta site, where the vineyard was planted, using the best of the new Dijon clones, in 2002 and 2003. This wine has deep colour with very strong pinot noir aromatic characters. It has very lifted cherry aromas and violet notes. The palate has a silky start and a grainy, mineral-rich finish. It is juicy, but focused.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Delta Vineyard Pinot Noir Marlborough
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 canrsquo;t bear to give up their red wines, even in the sweltering summer heat.
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.
The 2006 Pinot Noir was tasted in London with cranberry and raspberry leaf on the nose, just lacking some definition on the palate.
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.