Wine Whore Review:
Murdoch James Martinborough Fraser Pinot Noir 2006

Taste Score = 8.5/10 Points
Enjoyability Score = 8.5/10 Points (Additional stats below)

Pinot Noir
For this week's poll, I selected four varietals from a single winery from the region halfway around the world from my home.

The winery: Murdoch James

If you have never heard of this winery, or want to learn more about New Zealand, be sure to read about this New York Street Vineyard.

After another great Wine Whore turnout for the vote, a winner was unanimously chosen to step up to the plate, or in this case, the glass.

The wine you chose for me to drink: The Pinot Noir named for the legacy of the Fraser family and crafted from the premier vineyards of the region.

If you were with me for the virtual tasting via Twitter and Facebook you already have a good idea of how well Pinot performed. If you missed it, take a minute to mark your calendar with next week�s tasting (Wednesday @ 6:30pm ET) and then continue reading below to catch on what you missed.

Thank you all for enjoying a virtual glass of wine with me� I look forward to seeing you again next week!

Vintage Info:
"One of our two premium Pinot Noirs, the �Fraser� is based on a small selection of our very best barrels, which capture the clonal diversity of our pinot plantings. It is not produced every year, only when the quality permits. At harvest, the fruit displayed a range of black cherry, red plum and violet aromatics, with soft yet persistent acids. After primary fermentation the wine was racked to French barriques, from a mix of different tonnelleries, where a full malo-lactic fermentation was initiated. Once complete, the wine was aged for a further 20 months in medium toast Vosges oak. At bottling it was lightly fined with gentle egg whites." -Murdoch James

Recommended Food Pairing:
This Pinot Noir would pair perfectly with a rare Pork Roast. Put this Pinot together with whatever you please and you'll be rewarded by its pretty perfume and parade of the senses.

Producer: Murdoch James Fraser
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Martinborough, New Zealand
Residual Sugar: N/A
pH: N/A
Production: N/A
Alcohol %: 14
Aging: 20 months in medium toast Vosges oak
Cost: $48/bottle

Wine Whore Score:

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My wine time tasting experience summarized by the senses...

To the eye: Translucently light in color with almost a slight rusty orange tint.

To the nose: Delicately tickles the nostrils with a shy floral bouquet of roses... behind which is a layer of tart cranberry mixed with a subtle hint of cola.

On the tongue: The bouquet tiptoes closer as my tongue is greeted by the tang of round fruit. Zest of freshly picked oranges mingles with the palate as it slowly decays.

This wonderfully amicable sensory experience of this wine inspires a score of 8.5 for taste AND enjoyability. Don't let the cost/availability scores portray the wrong perception. This Pinot Noir receives lower scores on cost and availability only because it is a lower production but higher quality bottle of wine. You can taste the difference between this Pinot Noir and others that have not been so meticulously cultivated and crafted.

It is also interesting to note that there is a perceivable disparity between this particular wine and bottles of the same varietal from the United States. I found this Pinot much softer and laid back than many of its counterparts from across the pond. Try it for yourself and you'll see the influence that differences in region, vineyards, and production techniques have on the overall taste of vino.

Overall, this was a well crafted bottle of wine and I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to 'virtually' enjoy this experience with all of you. I can think of no better way to celebrate "hump day" than sipping on a glass of this pleasurable Pinot in the company of a plethora of friends!


Like this wine? Be sure to check out other Murdoch James wines reviewed by The Wine Whore!

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joeshico said...

Somebody once said to me that New Zealand produces a very good Sauvignon Blanc and not much else. Lately, I've tasted a Pinot Grigio and a Merlot from NZ. I am glad I forgot who told me that, probably not a wine lover. I will definitely be on the look out for this one.

Shelly said...

Had fun at the wine tasting last night and enjoyed your sniff to sip details. Hope to catch another one soon.

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