Tongue In Groove Cabal Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

5 Stars Raymond Chan
  • Product Code: 5013
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Region: North Canterbury
  • Sub Region: Waipara
  • Style: Red
  • Variety: Pinot Noir
  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir

$48.99 $43.99 elsewhere $48.99

Regions : North Canterbury

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Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"Intense aromas abound; vibrant cherry fruit with an earthy, savoury undertone, reminiscent of being in an underground, chalk cave. This delicious herbal complexity being the result of a high percentage of whole bunches in the ferment. Generous fruit initially on the palate balances the salivating, chalky, mouth coating tannins. Good acid levels also enhance the drinkability of this Pinot and its ageability. A complex style of Pinot Noir showing the abundant fruit of NZ combined with the robust tannins more typical of a Pinot from Burgundy. The fruit weight and structure of this wine will allow bottle development and ageing for the next 8 to 10 years."

5 Stars & 19.0-/20 Raymond Chan, June 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Full, even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is softly full and deeply packed with concentrated aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit with notes of dark plums interwoven with a layer of complexing dark and dried herbs with a lifted whole bunch stalk perfume element, some earth and mushroom and a suggestion of game. This has detail and plenty of complexity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and mouthfilling, sweet and luscious flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit along with notes of dark and dried herbs, some whole bunch stalk lift, unfolding earthy and undergrowth elements. The flavours are fulsome, but balanced by fine-grained flowery tannin extraction and soft, integrated acidity. The wine carries to an elegant finish. This is a rich, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with complex savoury dark-red berry flavours with herbs, whole bunch and earth on a fine-grained palate. Serve with coq au vin, casseroles ans slow-cooked game meat over the next 6+ years. Fruit from the ‘Cabal’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented with 40% whole bunches and a portion of whole berries to 13.5% alc. the wine aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barriques."

Reviews for the 2014 vintage below…

5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, January 2015 (2014 Vintage)
"From a clay and fragmented limestone soils of a vineyard in North Waipara. Around 35% whole-bunches were used to give structure and intensity. An impressively complex wine, with a mix of cherry, plum and chalky/mineral flavours, with a more savoury, baked earth, dried herb character. Nicely structured so the wine is accessible but promises to age well.​"

5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2014 Vintage)
"Richly complex and engaging, the bouquet shows dark berry, cured meat, clove and nutmeg characters with lovely dried herb undertones. The palate is concentrated and focused, yet expansive, together with silky texture and fine, grainy tannins. This is thought-provoking and stylish at the same time, and delivers layers of delectable fruit and savoury flavours. At its best: now to 2020."​

94/100 James Suckling (2014 Vintage)
"I like the florals to this dark, burgundy-coloured pinot such as the rose and violet perfumes as well as crushed roses. This is a pinot with some earthy nuances too and a very attractive raspberry and blueberry mix on the nose. It's definitely focused on the fruit, and the oak is spicy but in check. Some chalky hints, too. The palate has a seriously powerful core of ripe and delicious dark-cherry-fruit flavours. Some bold tannin is carved into smooth lines with strength and poise. This truly treats you to all the elements of a great Waipara pinot. The finish fans out to a chalky, dark-cherry conclusion. I like the contrast between depth and grace here. Worth noting also the whole bunch impact (35-40%), which is seamlessly woven into the wine. Drink now to 2025."

95/100 Decanter (2014 Vintage)
"Wonderfully complex and enticing bouquet of limestone like mineral, ripe red berry fruits, distinctive oak and spice moments. Highly textured, complex, dry, ripe berry flavours, layers of oak, fine and silky. "

93/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2014 Vintage)
"Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Cabal Vineyard Pinot Noir has a profoundly scented nose of black raspberries, black cherries and dried Provence herbs, with plenty of earthy stem notes in the background and a waft of lavender. The medium-bodied palate offers a great intensity of black and red berry, earth and herbal flavors with a solid backbone of grainy tannins and freshness, finishing long. Love it!"

90/100 Vinous (2014 Vintage)
"(from clay and limestone soil; vinified with wild yeasts, using 40% whole clusters; aged for 16 months in one-third new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration; the crop level here was reportedly just 1.2 tons per acre): Dark red with ruby tones. Slightly reduced aromas of plum, dark cherry, clove and earthy underbrush, with subtle nuances of lavender and herbs. Plush and mouthfilling wine, with excellent depth and savory complexity to its concentrated flavors of red berries, plum, flowers and spices. Conveys an impression of strong extract, with enticing sweetness leavened by limestone. Finishes subtle and very long, with smooth tannins firming the lingering, slightly medicinal dark plum and spice flavors. The Tongue in Groove wines are made by Lynnette Hudson, who previously made wine at Pegasus Bay through 2012."

94/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, February 2017 (2014 Vintage)
"Dark cherry, anise, blood orange – like Barolo – but with a smattering of bunchy spice and new oak. Medium bodied to full, slick of tannin, again savoury, earthy, and fruit sweet, dried herb and olive, rolling finish with thick tannin and

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