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Neck Of The Woods Pinot Noir 2018

Neck Of The Woods Pinot Noir 2018

  • Pinot Noir
  • New Zealand, 750ml
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"Delightfully fruited and complex, the wine shows dark cherry, thyme, cedar, toasted spice and dark mushroom characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and finely layered mouthfeel brilliantly complemented by fleshy texture and polished tannins, leading to a persistent silky finish." Sam Kim

  • Winery: Neck of the Woods
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Region: Central Otago
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap

Food pairing: Chicken & duck; lamb & mild sausage; tuna & salmon; mushroom risotto; mushroom & light-medium red sauces; brie & goats cheese

Back in the 70s, a crafty Kiwi traveller returning from France tried to smuggle in a small cutting of vine. Tucked in his gumboot of all places. Sadly for him, an eager customs officer (and aspiring wine maker) named Malcom Abel confiscated it. Abel recognised its significance right away and paid for it to be put through quarantine. A few months later, the cutting was released. Abel planted his prized Pinot clone, and died shortly after. But his legend lives on. The Abel clone, or the gumboot clone as it’s affectionally known, now makes up a large portion of New Zealand’s Pinot Noir. Its is hard not to be inspired by Malcom Abel's willingness to go his own way and take a risk for the sake of making his dream a reality.

Neck of the Woods goal is to make authentic wines that harness the weird and wild of Central Otago, staying true to the land with minimal intervention winemaking. They craft small batch fine wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and an Orange wine that show off this unique and wonderous wine region. Those that follow the rules rarely make history. So Neck of the Woods forge their own path. And do things their way. Are they unconventional? Yes. Uncompromising? Absolutely. But that’s exactly what makes their Neck of the Woods worth exploring. Neck of the Woods are lucky enough to call Jen Parr their leading lady/winemaker. An Oregon native and graduate of Stanford University, Jen has called Central Otago home since 2007. She has extensive international winemaking experience including in the USA, France, South Africa and Australia in addition to 17 harvests in NZ. Jen has been a Winemaker in Otago since 2007. In 2018 she was awarded the Winemaker of the Year at the NZ International Aromatic Competition and was nominated as one of six finalists for the Gourmet Traveler Magazine NZ Winemaker of the Year in 2019 for her work with Valli.

  • 94/100 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 94/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
  • 18.5+/20 Points & 5 Stars - Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews

Previous vintages:

  • 5 Stars - Cuisine Magazine (2017 vintage)
  • Number 2 - Cuisine Magazine (2017 vintage)
  • 5 stars & 94/100 - Wine Orbit (2017 vintage)
  • ‘Outstanding’ (94/100) - Cameron Douglas MS (2017 vintage)

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