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The two-and-a-half hectare McCrone Vineyard was planted in 2001 with Abel, Clone 5 and Dijon clones 115 and 777. This is the fourth release (other vintages are 2008, 2009 and 2011). Dense, rich, flavour-packed pinot noir with black-fleshed plum, spice, floral and a strong savoury/stemmy character that might derive from the use of 30 per cent whole bunches in the fermentation. A complex and powerful wine with cellaring potential.
Gourmet Traveller Wine
Even ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. This has a well-bound and finely concentrated, intense bouquet of dark-red berry and cherry fruits interwoven with subtle, savoury dried herb, earth, nutty and mineral complexities, unveiling nuances of spice, liquorice, and violet florals. The nose is still fresh, vibrant and lively, and just beginning to show secondary complexities. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with deep and intense, tightly bound flavours of savoury dark red berry and cherry fruit complexed by subtle dried herb, herb and earthy layers. The palate has a refined grip, structure and linearity, with balanced, integrated acidity, and the textures carry the wine to a long, finely concentrated finish of savoury red berry and cherry fruit. This is a well-proportioned, tightly bound, fine-and seriously structured, savoury red-fruited Pinot Noir just beginning to show secondary complexities. Serve with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 6-8 years. The fourth release of a ‘McCrone’ vineyard Pinot Noir. Clones Abel, 5, 115 and 777 from the 2.43 ha ‘McCrone’ vineyard in Regent Street, vines planted 2001, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins up to 21 days and aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
First release of a new single vineyard Pinot Noir with younger vines (planted in 2001) than the flagship but with the benefit of three year's extra bottle age. Higher clay content in the soil has helped produce a richer, weightier wine than the leaner, more minerally regular label. Ripe plum, spice, red cherry and some pleasing savoury earthiness. Impressive wine.
Bob Campbell MW
Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2008 McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir is made with fruit from the recently acquired six-hectare McCrone Vineyard, which is 13 years old and has clay in the soil profile that other sites don't have. It shows off a pretty core of black cherry, red currant and warm cranberry accented by hints of spice, anise, some yeast extract, soy and meat. Medium-bodied with low to medium levels of grainy tannins, it is elegant, concentrated and long through the finish. Drink it now to 2018.
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with some purple-garnet hues on rim. The nose is elegant and refined, gently building in density to show a core of ripe dark red berry fruits and red florals, with interwoven detailed notes of minerals, dark earth, liquorice and savoury game. Medium-full bodied, rich, lively and sweet soft-red berry fruit flavours are the feature on a bright and vibrant palate. Supple, fine-grained tannins underline the fruit with excellent acid tension adding to the freshness and succulence. The structure grows, and subtle savoury game and undergrowth complexities appear on mid-palate and flow through to a lingering finish with an array of lush flavours. This is a sweet-fruited and vibrant and finely structured Pinot Noir with the beginnings of secondary interest showing. Serve with duck, pork and lamb dishes over the next 6-8+ years.
Medium bodied Pinot with savoury flavours and herbs with dark berry fruit. There is an earthiness here with supple texture. Vines planted in 2002 with soil that has more clay than the other sites/vineyards. Good finish. Young vines, but shows potential to produce very good Pinot. The 2008 is just being released now. Ready to drink : 2017+
Tasted : January 2013, Wellington, New Zealand Maturity : Young
The 2008 McCrone Pinot Noir has a lovely, lifted bouquet: floral with scents of cranberry, raspberry with a hint of cassis. Yet again, Clive Paton delivers wonderful definition. The palate is medium-bodied, gritty tannins, off-dry, redcurrant and raspberry coulis, a touch of bergamot towards the finish that displays a captivating sense of symmetry. Still a little tight, I anticipate this will blossom in a couple of years. Drink 2011-2018.
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