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Country of Origin & Region


New Zealand, Marlborough

Spy Valley

Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2012 drinking beautifully.....

Tasting Notes

With a few years of bottle age this has come into its sweet spot and should hold up nicely for several more years quite easily. The nose is captivating with a funky, savory top note in the most positive way, with an assortment of spice and herbs buttressed by a core of dark cherry and plum tones. The palate is silky and layered with acidity giving vibrancy to the delicious spice infused dark cherry flavors. The tannins are folded perfectly into the fruit bringing this to a long finish. This has good structure and layers of flavor and represents great value. It’s hard to find this much cool funkiness in a Pinot Noir at this price point.

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

FOUR STARS (****) Michael Cooper
The 2012 vintage was hand-picked at sites in the Southern Valleys and barrel-aged for a year. Still very youthful, it has a slightly 'funky' bouquet, with mouthfilling body, deep cherry, plum and slight herb flavours, fresh acidity and good complexity. Open 2015+."
92 pts James Suckling October 2014
Robust, gamey, herbal-tinged dark-berry fruits charge out of the glass here. Dark cherry and plum with a healthy dose of spice and roasting meats. Excellent lively fruit entry on the palate which fans out into a raft of quartz-like tannins and sexy, gamey nuance. Plenty of structure and flavor here to keep the fussiest of pinot lovers happy. Drink now.

Winemaker Notes

Red fruits, plum and sweet cherry are underpinned with fragrant notes of spice and dried sage. Fruit forward with a long supple structure, licorice and cocoa notes are typical of our vineyard site.

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Chemical Analysis




13.5% alcohol by volume



Pinot Noir

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