Nga Waka Lease Block Pinot Noir 2018
- Medium bodied
New Zealand’s lesser known region of Martinborough (the southern part of the north island, for those of you playing at home) deserves far more attention than it currently receives. Known for toeing the line between generous depth of fruit and elegant, earthen florals, there’s something for everyone in a Martinborough pinot. Nga Waka has nailed the style with their ‘Lease Block’. Vines planted over 20 years ago have hit their strides and are providing such consistency vintage to vintage. Expect all the luscious berry and savoury spice characteristics you can handle, and then some. With an impressive structure of fine grained tannins, feel free to lie a few of these bottles down and enjoy the development for many years to come.
“Sweetly fruited and delightfully complex, the wine shows spiced cherry, cedar, vanilla, clove and subtle mushroom characters on the nose, leading to a beautifully rounded palate that delivers supple mouthfeel and polished tannins. It's sophisticated and sensually appealing with plenty of delectable flavours.”
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Anyone who's ever tried Martinborough pinot noir will shout its praises from the rooftop... at least, anyone who's not a Marlborough diehard. There seems to be a nice rivalry in the pinot stakes between the two regions, with Martinborough producing more structural (some would say "Burgundian") styles, as opposed to Marlborough's fruity flavour fests. If you see one, nab it. Also keep an eye out for the aromatic whites.