Staete Landt 'State of Grace' Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
91 Points Wine Orbit. 12 individual Pinot Noir parcels, 4 different clones and 3 rootstocks go to making this super complex Marlborough Pinot Noir. Hand harvested and aged for a total of 18 months in barrel, this is a very good Pinot, from a premium producer.
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The 2017 Pinot Noir has a bright cherry colour that is complimented by a lifted and complex aroma. Wild violets, dark cherries, pencil shavings and earthy notes bust out of the glass. The palate is deep with blackcurrants and spice being balanced by gentle tannins and clean acidity. Given time in the glass it develops more savoury notes and a softer texture showing the layers to the wine. It is drinking very well now but will continue to develop over the next 10 years.
About the Producer
Staete Landt is the old Dutch name given to New Zealand by Abel Tasman when he discovered the island in 1642. It means: “Land discovered in honour of the Governors (Staete) of the Dutch Republic”. On his voyage Abel Tasman also discovered Tasmania (Van Diemen Land), Fiji and Tonga. On his return to the Dutch Republic it was decided to change Staete Landt to its present name.
Ruud Maasdam founded Staete Landt in 1998 with the vision of making intensely flavoured, complex and 100% estate grown wines from their 21 hectare vineyard on the ‘Golden Mile’ in Rapaura Marlborough. The Staete Landt Vineyard was designed to produce single vineyard, hand made wines with complexity through thorough use of clone, rootstock and soil variation.
Wine Press / Awards
91 Points Wine Orbit
"It’s spice and savoury on the nose showing dark berry, dried herb, anise, almond and game characters, leading to a beautifully weighted palate that’s finely textured and lingering. A complex engaging style, ideally suited to partner rich flavoursome dishes. At its best: Now to 2022"
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ | February 2020
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