Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2009, Lake Wanaka

Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2008“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” ~ Mary Oliver.

Cate was right – this bottle needed time for the essential transformation into something elegant and somewhat restrained. One of the very very few Central Otago Pinot Noir that had left an impression (thus far). No tasting notes here unfortunately, but if you’re cracking it open for the Rugby game this coming weekend, do that first thing in the morning on Sunday, or better still, the night before and seal the bottle with the original diam cork loosely. Oh, and get some food too đŸ™‚

Muddy Water Pinot Noir – A Tasting with Belinda

Muddy Water Hare's Breath Pinot Noir 2009

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2004 Muddy Water Estate Chardonnay: Clear pale gold-lemon yellow and a shade of light green hues. Flinty but with a disturbing musty cardboard character on the nose; smokey and plenty of oak. Sharp, white fruit core, bitter lemon and unripe grapefruit flavours. Med+ acidity; med length.

2009 Muddy Water Estate Pinot Noir: Ruby-garnet core; a little cloudy. Bright red fruits, cherries, spice and good vanilla/oak aromas on the nose. Quite tannic on the palate; muscular and texturally sound; dark chocolate – more savoury than sweet really. Med to med+ acid; med finish. A food wine. Needs time for the elements to meld together.

2009 Muddy Water Slowhand Pinot Noir: clear magenta-red core. Muted nose of morello cherry and blackberry jam with a touch of jasmine tea leaves. Tart, lots of dark chocolate, coffee beans and oak flavours on the palate. A tinge of greenness was detected in the wine but with good acidity and a med+ finish. Most elegant and pleasing of the line-up even though Belinda said it had a few rough edges (that seemed to work).

2009 Muddy Water Hare’s Breath Pinot Noir: Bright purplish-red core with a strong magenta rim. Sweet vanilla, oak, ripe black cherries were quite lifted. Perfumed and candy-ish. Pretty tannic on the mouth, again the fruit profile took a backseat while the texture of the wine took centre-stage. Quite a lot of oak and cedar on the palate – definitely needs time to tame those unforgiving tannins.

Two Old Vintage Bottles from Lincoln

1980 Gamay, Lincoln College, NZ1982 Pinot Noir Lincoln College, NZ
Both bottles may be are past their prime but it was good to see how they have evolved over the years. The 1982 Pinot Noir had a light orange-red core with a clear meniscus. Superbly funky, plenty of earthy, mushroomy tones and surprisingly, a honeyed character on the nose? Very delicate floral and orange notes were still detectable on the palate with barely enough acidity and tannin structure to keep the wine together. The 1980 Gamay was clear, and took on a caramel tawny colour. Lots of prunes, toffee, coffee and port-like notes (read: acetaldehyde). Nutty and earthy on the palate – very little or no fruit left. These bottles are almost as old as I – but thank God I’m still in one piece!

2009 Chard Farm The Tiger, Central Otago, New Zealand

Chard Farm The Tiger Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2009Bright alluring ruby red with a pale meniscus. Sweet cherries, mandarin peel, leafy, tones of coconut aromas on the nose with a tiny touch of Brett; cranberries and plenty of tart red fruits on the palate; med+ acidity and med+ finish with a slightly spicy aftertaste. Firm muscular tannins.

I didn’t think I would drink it this soon but I guess I didn’t want to brave the snow and chilly wind to get more reds yesterday? đŸ˜‰ Thank God the sun is shining brightly this morning!