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Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2016 750ml
SKU: 6204

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2016

  • wa92
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Category Red Wine
Origin New Zealand, Marlborough
Brand Cloudy Bay
Alcohol/vol 13.6%
A balanced and lively expression of Pinot Noir from the Marlborough region. Appealingly aromatic, the 2016 reveals notes of Morello cherry, bramble and dark chocolate. Fine, silky tannins and juicy acidity provide an elegant structure, with complexity coming from gently oak and woodsmoke characters. Pairs well with prosciutto on ciabatta bread and Furneaux double cream with walnuts.
Wine Advocate
  • wa92

While the company has invested enormously in its Central Otago Pinot Noir project, I continue to think the Marlborough wine is better, at least for the moment. The 2016 Pinot Noir is a silky, medium-bodied wine, loaded with raspberry and strawberry fruit. Hints of cola and spice add dimension and linger on the finish. It's 15% whole cluster and sees about one-third new French oak, but neither of those elements come across as dominating, they're subtler, mostly structural, components.

Joe Czerwinski, February 2018
  • v89

The 2016 Pinot Noir has more sophistication and depth on the nose than the 2015, offering blackberry, raspberry and wild strawberry scents and a touch of damp moss and rose petal. The edgy, taut palate is medium-bodied with a fine bead of acidity, but at the moment, it does not quite deliver the complexity that I was expecting after the impressive aromatics. Give it another year in bottle because, like the 2015, it needs more Pinot expression and more personality to come through.

Neal Martin, November 2018
Wine Enthusiast
  • we88

This wine is polished and dense, offering notes of ripe cherry, ground pepper, mushroom and subtle flowers. Texturally, the mouthfeel is on the syrupy side, with the cherry fruit sitting heavily amidst a grip of spicy, chalky tannins. Drink until 2027.

Christina Pickard, November 2019
Wine Spectator
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Blackberry and raspberry flavors are plump and ripe, showing a cream soda edge and details of clove that linger on the finish, with dense, velvety tannins. Drink now. 800 cases imported.

MaryAnn Worobiec, 2019

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