Ant Moore Pinot Noir 2009, Central Otago, South Island

Pinot Noir Pinot Noir
New Zealand

$20.85 (220657)

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88 pts
10
April 16, 2011

Critic Reviews (5)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Here's a lean, lively, vibrant example, with tight acids the way we like it. There's a fine range of bright red berry...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

Nose shows chalky cocoa bean which lifts the black and red fruit. More New-World leaning style but with some homage...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

Winemaker Ant Moore was reticent to put his name on this pinot, but he says “faced with the prospect of naming a wine...

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Steve Thurlow
Steve Thurlow

Great value for a soft aromatic pinot with ripe fruit and modest tannin. Expect a nose of raspberry jam with dry...

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

Crafted in a more approachable, juicier style, the 2009 Pinot Noir is a fine example of freshness, proper ripeness,...

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Community Reviews (5)

Ryan Hindmarsh
Ryan Hindmarsh

If you buy wine by the pretty label, look no further. The best Pinot’s made by the Kiwi’s are made in Central Otago . However most are priced beyond our budget. This one is like Kramer in Karate class. It’s not fair …….. how inexpensive this is. Blast the door open to your buddies apartment and cook up the Ontario lamb from his fridge.

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Paul Forget
Paul Forget

This Pinot Noir is youthful and fresh with bright red cherry, plum, vanilla and earthy on the nose. The mouthfeel is definitely fruitier than earthy, with lively acidity, silky tannins and cherry cola flavour in mid palate. A very enjoyable Pinot, with berries, sweet spices and light tannins on the finish. A little overpriced but a well made Pinot Noir with a very stylish label and ageing potential.

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Barbara D. Ritchie
Barbara D. Ritchie

Australian born owner/winemaker Ant Moore has created an aromatic wine with forward scents of dark berries, cherries, forest underbrush, cedar and vanilla, with touches of cherry cola that reappear on the palate. A good acidity carries the moderate tannins and youthful character. Attractive mocha and spice notes add to its appeal. Drink now through 2013.

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Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter

nose: Raspberry, some cranberry & mint, (a hint of dark chocolate?), sawdust and alcohol. Palate: Sour cranberry/cherry/raspberry, a bit woody. Bright acidity, mild tannin. Short, slightly sour finish. A good Pinot but a bit overpriced. This would actually be a fantastic match for a turkey dinner. In fact, I may even grab another bottle or two just to put away for Thanksgiving. This got better and more interesting as it went along.

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Edward Rasiulis
Edward Rasiulis

Medium minus to light garnet in colour with medium intensity.

Positives: Earth notes dominate with fall leaves, mushrooms, & suede followed by sour cherry, rhubarb & cranberry. A lighter style Pinot with good acidity, soft tannins & a long length.

Negatives: There is some bitterness on the mid palate, but dissipates thanks to the long finish. I'm not crazy about the label, looks like Nouveau Beaujolais.

Interesting Point: It's unusual to find a Central Ortago Pinot this inexpensive, but I found it muted compared to other Ortago Pinots. Reminds me more of Côte de Beaune. Food friendly wine that I would pair with turkey. Drink now or over the next 3 years.

Tasted: 11 Feb 12

Score: 8.5, Value: 9.5/10, Total: 18/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5

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