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Boutique North Canterbury Producer.
94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
$34.99 $21.99 elsewhere $34.99
Darnley Corner is a small family owned vineyard, funnily enough situated on the corner of Darnleys and Georges Roads in Waipara and the wines are crafted by well known local winemaker Theo Coles. This is the 5th release of Darnley Corner Pinot Noir and every year it seems to get better and better. The 2016 is looking really good with layers of dark fruits and savoury complexity with good weight and satin-smooth tannins.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
“Darnley Corner Vineyard is situated in Waipara, North Canterbury and was planted in three stages from 2006 to 2008 in 4 varieties; Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. A boutique, family-run vineyard of 10 hectares, Darnley Corner has a vision of producing the highest quality grapes for premium wines. The concentrated planting of vines (1.2m vine spacing and 2.2m row spacing) aims to assist in achieving more intense flavours.
The Pinot Noir vines are tendered by family throughout the growing season, producing no more than 1 to 1.5kg of fruit per vine. This allows a concentration of flavours. The grapes are then carefully hand harvested and crafted into this superb wine. The 2016 vintage is the 5th vintage of Darnley Corner Pinot Noir.
This wine, crafted exclusively from grapes grown at Darnley Corner Vineyard, exhibits notes of red and black cherries, raspberry blossom, spice, fine grain tannins and has a stony length.”
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2018 (2016 Vintage)
“Complex, engaging and inviting, the bouquet shows dark berry, fragrant spice, smoked game, black olive and thyme characters with a touch of dark mushroom notes. The palate is concentrated and impressively weighted, while remaining elegant and poised, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and fine, silky tannins. A richly savoury style offering excellent drinking. At its best: now to 2021.”
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