Food & Drink

September 30, 2014

Cloudy Bay’s Te Wahi, Pinot Noir 2011

Batten down the hatches Pinot Noir lovers this is one for the glasses! If Pinot Noir moves you then you’ll be transported with this one. It’s no secret, my personal preference is Pinot Noir; boutique New World Pinot Noirs rock my world, however, it is not for this reason that this wine moves me but simply because it is one fine wine.

2011 Te Wahi

2011 Te Wahi

Te Wahi is part of the Cloudy Bay Vineyards portfolio. Cloudy Bay is situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Cloudy Bay has estate vineyards located at prime sites within the Wairau Valley. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and pinot noir.

Te Wahi means ‘The Place’ in Maori, a name chosen because the team at Cloudy Bay feels that a great Pinot Noir speaks eloquently of its place of origin. Te Wahi is a different expression of Pinot Noir in the Cloudy Bay collections of wines, the reason, its terroir, this time, in Central Otago. Central Otago is noted as the pre-eminent area apt for Pinot Noir winemaking, some even go so far as to say Central Otago is the holy grail [place] for Pinot Noir. So much plays into the elegantly expressive Central Otago Pinot Noirs; dark woods, massive highlands, snow capped mountains, and fierce ravines and chasms. Many vineyards have expanded into what now dominates cherry and apricot orchards. Central Otago’s wine industry is just over two decades old, producing young, vibrant and remarkable wines, appealing to both old world Burgundian enthusiasts and modern, new world Pinot Noir seekers.

Te Wahi is everything a Pinot Noir should be with regards to nose and palate notes; cherry, licorice, floral, mocha, sour cherry, earth and smoke….all perfectly balanced. This wine is fragrant and lush with a true intensity hailing back to its roots of Burgundy. SRP $70. Te Wahi cannot be found in your local wine shop but rather online, click here to purchase

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