Mon Cheval Petit 2013 Pinot Noir
- Pinot Noir
- New Zealand, 750ml
Packed full of red fruit and spice aromas, with hints of anise, florals and a stalky herbaceous influence, it’s generous on the palate with firm tannins and medium-plus acidity supporting a solid finish.
- Winery: Mon Cheval
- Varietal: Pinot Noir
- Region: Waipara Valley, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2013
- Alcohol: 13.8%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food pairing: Chicken & duck; lamb & mild sausage; tuna & salmon; mushroom risotto; mushroom & light-medium red sauces; brie & goats cheese
The first ever release of the Mon Petit Cheval label, this wine is the ‘younger brother’ to the Mon Cheval range, exhibiting the same refined aromatic and textural complexities, but with a gentler and more fruit-forward profile. Just entering its drinking window, it will continue to reward for 5+ years.
The Mon Cheval is a small 2.2 hectare vineyard at the bottom of Weka Pass in the Waipara Valley was planted with Pinot Noir in 2003, with a tiny amount of Riesling added 4 years later. Mon Cheval's founders mission is to produce the best possible wines from this beautiful land in which they see so much potential. Their dream was made possible by the champion harness race horse “Under Cover Lover” who raced in New Zealand, Australia and United States from 1998-2000 and resides at the vineyard with the team. It was her success and huge financial contribution which enabled them to follow their passion for wine and her sheer determination keeps reminding them, to never give up on their dream.
Mon Cheval engaged the services of the highly regarded blind winemaker CP Lin, the blind winemaking genius that took Mountford Estate to international fame. His lack of sight has helped him develop an incredible palate and sharpen all his other senses. This sensitivity shows through in his wines with his use of traditional wine making methods of no fining or filtration. Mon Cheval Pinots are a wonderful southern hemisphere interpretation of the big Old World Burgundys.
- 94/100 – Bob Campbell MW
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