McArthur Ridge Southern Tor Pinot Noir 2022


A very well put together Pinot Noir for the price. 

There is so much to say and promote about this weeks feature wine. Firstly we would like to congratulate McArthur Ridge and Matt Connell in winning these accolades for an Alexandra sited Pinot Noir.  Are we seeing the emergence of this sub regional Central Otago area amongst the more prolific sites like Gibbston Valley and the Cromwell basin?

"Southern Tor is the name given to exposed rock mass thought to be formed by freeze-thaw weathering found throughout the Alexandra region. Located in the heart of this unforgiving mountainous region, Central Otago sits the expansive vineyard of McArthur Ridge. The cool climate and gently sloping Brassknocker soils combine to deliver what some say to be amongst the best vineyards in the world for growing Pinot Noir. Optimal vineyard management and diligence allows for our grape harvest at peak flavour potential.

Ruby red in colour, this wine has a bouquet of savoury red berry fruit, black cherry and vanilla that combine with aromas of black forest berries, cloves and dark violets, finishing with soft stony notes. Dry on the palate with a core of fruit, savoury tannins give it a great texture. The oak influence is obvious with baking spices, brown sugar and smokiness. We expect this wine to improve further with careful cellaring over the next 7-10 years." Winery notes