Churton Special Blend Pinot Noir 2016

Marlborough
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£20.50 per bottle
55 in stock

96+ points Stuart McCloskey “A fabulous mature nose of undergrowth, earth and balanced beautifully with a dash of spicy red fruits and rosehip, which could easily be interpreted as a high-class Burgundy. There’s lots to discover on the palate – time in the glass / decanter reveals a real depth and complexity rarely found at this price level. The palate is subtle, silky with a lovely sweet entry. Layers of fruit continue to build leading into blood orange, cranberry and a touch of warm spice. A beautiful wine with perfectly judged acidity and ultra-fine tannins. This is a model of pure sensitivity –simply, a faultless joy. Served using Zalto Burgundy glass. Drinking window: Now to 2023”

95 Points - Mike Bennie, Wine Front "A standout from Marlborough from an excellent site. Churton often fly outside of the blue chip banner, but are firmly in my top ten list of producers in New Zealand. Here’s a good reason why, again, to visit the producer or explore the wines. Hello! Beautiful, fragrant perfume, red cherries, faint musk, gentle undergrowth savouriness, a touch of orange/orange peel. Palate is silky yet shows a fine sheath of tannin keeping things shapely and long. Mouthwatering, fine finish. This is a class act. Stellar pinot noir of structure, seriousness and fine texture with drinkability in tow. " 


Taste & Aroma

Score:95

A standout from Marlborough from an excellent site. Churton often fly outside of the blue chip banner, but are firmly in my top ten list of producers in New Zealand. Here’s a good reason why, again, to visit the producer or explore the wines. Hello!

Beautiful, fragrant perfume, red cherries, faint musk, gentle undergrowth savouriness, a touch of orange/orange peel. Palate is silky yet shows a fine sheath of tannin keeping things shapely and long. Mouthwatering, fine finish. This is a class act. Stellar pinot noir of structure, seriousness and fine texture with drinkability in tow.  


Mike Bennie, Wine Front

Producer

Husband and wife team Sam and Mandy Weaver head up the small, 22 hectare estate, single vineyard estate of Churton. With a career that spans more than twenty years in various sectors of the wine trade, Sam also worked as a consultant winemaker and has a degree in microbiology. This gives him an acute understanding of the land and he uses this knowledge to manage the microbiology of the soil and canopy, with both Sam and Mandy embracing the philosophy and mechanics of Biodynamics. Their belief is in complete respect for the land and soils, yielding the purest, finest quality fruit, resulting in the highest classed wines. The Churton vineyard has unique typography, sitting between the Waihopai and Omaka Valleys at an altitude of 200 metres providing ideal, north facing slopes giving the perfect level of daytime sun and cool evenings for great aromatic complexity and freshness in the grapes. Their Pinot Noir is a joy to drink, it shows a perfect balance between the delicate subtlety complexity, something that is very hard to find at this price.

Region

New Zealand is split between the North Island and South Island and the Marlborough region is situated in the North of the South Island. The climate here is the hottest in the country meaning that this wine producing region is expanding quickly. Of course, Sauvignon Blanc does well here and is increasingly becoming more and more popular due to its naturally herbaceous character and lean and refreshing style much loved by Western wine drinkers. Wineries Greywacke and Dog Point both have delicious Sauvignon Blanc wines with typical Marlborough characteristics. Red wines, mainly Pinot Noir also grow well in this region and an excellent example of a Pinot Noir from this area is the Akitu Pinot Noir which comes highly recommended from Vinorium staff!

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Burgundy Glass

For powerful and expressive wines above 13% alcohol. The shape of the bowl integrates the components of the wine, bringing to the foreground the fruit and sweeter notes.

Ideal for: Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Chardonnay and Grunen Veltliner.

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