We are getting to taste some outstanding wines here at M2. Most of those being sent to us are getting 5 Stars, all of which are well deserved. We have yet another 5 Star wine on our hands, Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012.
The Marlborough region has been turning out some stunning Pinot Noirs of late. Not as dark, a bit more aromatic and a little lower in alcohol content than the Otago Pinot Noirs, the winemakers in this region have chosen to create wines that are more like a classic Burgundy in style.
Easy to drink with a well-rounded finish, perhaps not leaving the grapes to ripen too long (or maybe vastly different growing conditions) has led to lighter tannins and less sugar than their counterparts in the south.
The Spy Valley Envoy Outpost Vineyard Pinot Noir is a fine sample of this. This Pinot Noir is from single vineyard grapes grown on steep west facing terrain on Spy Valleys Outpost Vineyard in the Omaka Valley. Warm westerly and northerly winds and temperatures varying almost 2 degrees in some cases, from the top of the vineyard to the bottom, means harvesting in stages results in deep intensive flavours. A firm dry palate with fine grained tannins with blackberry, fig and complex dried herb notes. Deep Garnet in colour with a bouquet of delicate cherry and hint of spice with a base of red berry fruits.
Spy Valley Wines is named for its proximity to an international satellite communications monitoring station in the Waihopai Valley…a spy base.
This stunning Pinot Noir can be purchased here.