Grand Vin Pinot Noir 'Clayvin Vineyard', Marlborough 2014
The new 2014 vintage of this New Zealand Grand Vin Pinot Noir from Clayvin Vineyard is superb, and the wine I will be drinking most over the Easter holidays. It is beautifully matured and with seven years in the making, is at its perfect peak of maturity.
This wine is particularly pleasing to me as I co-managed the estate there until 2015, and this was one of the last vintages I was directly involved in. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate referred to the 2014 vintage in Marlborough as outstanding with wines classed as early maturing and accessible. Indeed the 2014 is beautifully accessible now, and will certainly continue to develop in bottle over the next 5+ years.
How does the wine taste?
2014 was a top vintage for the region and this pinot noir is ageing very well. The nose already offers hints of the secondary, earthy, forest-floor aromas which pinot-lovers relish. The palate initially presents a delicate medley of red berry fruit, progressing to a velvety and smooth herbaceous character. The tannins are exceptionally fine and lead to a very complex and lengthy finish.
What do the critics say?
"Thrilling a delightful high quality, complex Pinot Noir with none of that meanness you only too often get with red Burgundy."
Esme Johnstone (Co-founder of FromVineyardsDirect)
"The 2014 Clayvin Vineyard Grand Vin Pinot Noir is the current release from Wheeler & Fromm in Marlborough, NZ, and a serious rival to fine red Burgundy. It's soft, smooth and elegant with dark, plummy fruit and just a hint of seductive earthiness."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
"One of Marlboroughs first hillside vineyards, Clayvin has produced a superb string of wines over many years."
Bob Campbell MW (New Zealands leading wine commentator)
"Whilst most New Zealand producers of Pinot Noir seek to impress with the fruit of their latest vintage, Clayvins single vineyard wines are meant to age. A recent tasting proved that at 5 -10 years they are truly remarkable."
Steven Spurrier (Decanter Magazine)
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