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2011 Bellbird Spring Pinot Noir River Terrace Waipara
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2011 Bellbird Spring Pinot Noir River Terrace Waipara

Producer: Bellbird Spring
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: New Zealand
Region: New Zealand

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2013

Good bright, deep red.  Vibrant but reticent nose hints at raspberry, bitter cherry and flowers.  Intensely flavored, tactile and deep, with noteworthy concentration to the flavors of tart cherry and mellow oak.  Still a bit of oak to be absorbed on the back end, but the wine's silky tannins and excellent length suggest that it will be a beauty with a couple years of cellaring.

87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About New Zealand

New Zealand's ocean-influenced climate--markedly cooler than that of its neighbor Australia--yields wines with admirable fruit intensity and crisp acidity. Fully two-thirds of New Zealand's wine production is white, and more than half of the wine it ships to America is Sauvignon Blanc. The U.S. market has developed a major thirst for these juicy, fresh New Zealand Sauvignons, which are mostly free of oak influence. But New Zealand Pinot Noir, too, is growing...
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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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