Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2008 Wild Rock Cupid’s Arrow Pinot Noir

Part two of my Valentine’s Day and stages of love looks at once the infatuation stage passes and you move into the true love stage. Not to sound like a Bon Jovi song but just when you least expect it; bam! Shot through the heart. Nothing goes better with this topic than Wild Rock’s Cupid’s Arrow Pinot Noir.

Aromas filled with black berry, raspberry and a hint of floral. Flavors are rich and spicy full of plum and cherry flavors. Due to the bold tannins and acidity it takes a few sips to get past the puckering in the cheeks. Once my palate adjusts, the wine softens and provides a lingering juicy finish. A medium bodied wine with a really nice personality.

Varietal – Pinot Noir
Region – Central Otago, New Zealand
Alcohol – 13.4%
TA – 5.94g/l
Ph – 3.58

Leading the way for a new style of wines, Wild Rock’s Steve Smith, has been listed as one of the 50 most influential people in the wine world. Pretty impressive, I must say. Steve and his winemaking team are known for crafting exciting new wines using sustainable wine growing methods. One application of this practice in the vineyards is hand harvesting 80% of the grapes.

New Zealand wine is primarily produced in ten major wine growing regions Listing from north to south Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury/Waipara and Central Otago. Cupid’s Arrow is sourced from hillside vineyards in Central Otago. The grapes are grown in varying elevations and soils giving each patch its own distinct taste and characteristic. To quote the winemaker, “Wild Rock has a simple goal; to make new and unforgettable wines.”

As we journey through the stages of love, Cupid’s Arrow hit its mark and got me in the heart with this wine. Tune in on Thursday to see what stages love will take us to next.

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