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Nutcracker Pinot Noir

Walnut Block’s handcrafted Marlborough Pinot Noir is in a class of its own.  Dedication in the vineyard, attention to detail at harvest and traditional winemaking techniques amount to a wine with grace and great character.

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Site selection & meticulous work

Chosen for its high-clay-based soil, the vineyard is planted with top-quality Burgundy clones and the vines grown in European-style, high-density planting.

The vines are shoot thinned and fruit thinned down to one bunch per shoot.  The extremely low yield ensures even ripening, intense flavours and good tannin structure.

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The winemaking process

100% handpicked, the fruit is collected in small bins and chilled overnight at 2°C to preserve the flavours. The cold fruit is de-stemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters, and fermented using only natural yeasts.

The wine is aged for 12 months in high-quality French barriques and bottled unfiltered.

Cellaring potential

Walnut Block wines evolve gracefully over time, Nutcracker Pinot Noir is a perfect example of a wine you can drink now or cellar for the next 6-8 years.

  • Nutcracker Pinot Noir

    92pts, Top 10 in New Zealand\r\n2016 DECANTER – NZ Pinot Noir tasting

  • 93pts – Bob Campbell, Master of Wine\r\n* Top Ranked, (rating and value)

    Attractive Pinot Noir with good density, a silken texture and quite concentrated plum, raspberry, liquorice and a seasoning of classy spicy oak. Accessible now but no rush.

Reviews

2014 Nutcracker Pinot Noir

92pts, 2016 DECANTER - NZ Pinot Noir tasting  - Top 10 in New Zealand

93pts - Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
A fragrant, aromatic Pinot Noir with violet, cherry, fresh herb, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. Fine and slightly sappy tannins provide backbone and potential longevity as well as a drying finish. An elegant and appealing wine. Drink 2016 to 2020

4 Stars - Winestate Magazine Michael Cooper MW
Certified organic, this ruby hued red was fermented with indigenous yeasts, barrel-aged for 11 months, and bottled unfiltered.  Mouthfilling and savoury, it is youthful, with strong, ripe plum, spice and nut flavours, showing good complexity, and a fragrant bouquet.  Best drinking 2017+. 

 

2013 Nutcracker Pinot Noir

93pts - Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
* Top Ranked, (rating and value)
Attractive Pinot Noir with good density, a silken texture and quite concentrated plum, raspberry, liquorice and a seasoning of classy spick oak. Accessible now but no rush. 10/8/2015

4 Stars - Winestate Magazine Michael Cooper MW
Mouthfilling, sweet-fruited and savoury, with generous cherry, plum and spice flavours, good complexity and a supple, finely textured finish.

92pts - The Wine Gang, UK
Big, bloody, ripe, truffle and game nose, with delicious depth and concentration, this has mouth-filling mid-palate sweetness, but the grip of the finish gives it real authority without losing its touch of sexy, animal character and voluptuousness. Highly drinkable now, but will cellar eight to 10 years surely. June 2016

 

2010 Nutcracker Pinot Noir

90pts, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

4 stars, Raymond Chan

 

2008 Nutcracker Pinot Noir

90pts, James Halliday

94pts, Greg Duncan Powell

4.5 Stars Michael Cooper MW

90pts, www.winefront.com.au - Campbell Mattinson

 

Luxury vineyard accommodation

Walnut Block Cottages offer superb 5-star accommodation in a secluded setting among the vines – perfect for travellers seeking a relaxing destination, for wine lovers looking for a taste of the vineyard lifestyle, and for any special occasion.