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Astrolabe Comelybank Waihopai Valley
Pinot Noir
2019

RRP: $50.00

Astrolabe Comelybank Waihopai Valley
Pinot Noir
2019

The pinot noir at Comelybank is our most ‘Marlborough’ in flavour and structure. This site at the lower reaches of the Waihopai Valley is where the fruit for our first Marlborough pinot noir came from, and it still underpins our Marlborough Province blend. The fruit here gives bright, vibrant red cherry with svelte, plush tannins and an elegant structure. I feel that it reflects the Southern Valleys pinot noir region of Marlborough very truly and showcases what is great about Marlborough as a growing region for pinot noir.

The Comelybank Pinot Noir was made using traditional winemaking techniques of hand picking, wild fermentation with the natural yeast, managing the fermentation cap by hand and extended oak aging. For this wine, I am looking for a full, plush palate structure and attractive red and black cherry aromas. 

Simon Waghorn — Winemaker

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR/APPEARANCE
Dark ruby red.

AROMA/BOUQUET
Earthy and gamey, with dark and red cherry and notes of clove and old rose.

PALATE
Rich, sweet, plush fruit, with concentrated, juicy plum and velvety tannins.

AGING POTENTIAL
This wine should cellar well, for at least six years.

FOOD PAIRING
Pan-seared duck breast, lamb, quail, roasted beetroot and osso buco.

PINOT NOIR SERVING TEMPERATURE
Cool room temperature.

2019 vintage

94 POINTS
"Dark red berry fruits and toasty barrel spices, a light savoury and earthy core with stony dried earth and soft dried herb quality. Delicious on the palate with flavours of spicy sweet oak dark cherry, baked cherry and plum flavours. Dusty clove and vanilla barrel spice flavours. Tannins are in abundance with a smooth polished texture and plenty of acidity adding to palate tension and length. A lovely example with best drinking from early 2022 through 2028"
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Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

5 STARS
“The powerful 2019 vintage was grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, hand harvested and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (25 per cent new). Boldly coloured, it is a fresh, very youthful, almost Syrah-like red, with dense, plummy, spicy flavours, a hint of liquorice, and obvious potential. Best drinking 2023+.” 
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Michael Cooper
New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2021

2015 vintage

95 POINTS
“Ripe, almost lush and intensely fruity point noir, with ripe plum and dark cherry taking centre-stage while more subtle fresh herb, savoury and spicy oak characters and complexity. A hedonistic wine that begs to be enjoyed but might surprise those who are willing to hold it a few years.” DEC 19
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Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
The Real Review © The Real Review

94 POINTS
"Attractive, fruity, complex and specific bouquet of Pinot Noir. Aromas of dark cherry and plum, some darker berry aromas then smoky toasty oak, clove and vanilla. Dry, equally focused on the palate and packed with varietal flavours of cherries and darker berries then baking spices, firm youthful tannins and medium+ acidity. Complex finish with a nice layer of  complexity and concentration and lengthy finish. Drinkable now, best to decant though, and through 2025." AUG 19
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Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

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