Wine Review – Matua Pinot Noir 2014

Matua Pinot Noir - LCBO image wine bottle
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A good Pinot Noir from Matua with an interesting nose…

Name: Matua

Vintage: 2014

Producer: Matua Valley Wines

Region/Country: Marlborough, New Zealand

Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir

Consumed: On a Mediterranean cruise

Recommended By: Selected from the wine list on the cruise ship.

Cost: $42 USD ($12.95 CAD at the LCBO)

Bottle Presentation: Clean, classy aqua-blue label.

Appearance: Pale ruby-garnet.

Nose: Medium, with raspberry, cedar (forest), and perfume notes.

Taste: Light body, low tannins, and medium-high acidity, with raspberry, blackberry, cedar and perfume notes. Some spicy notes emerged as the wine opened.

Finish: Long, sour, and green.

Overall Impression: A good Pinot Noir with fragrant, perfume notes in both the nose and mouth. We enjoyed this offering, especially the emerging spicy notes. It served as an excellent pre-dinner drink. It could also serve as an excellent pairing for a range of vegetable, chicken or pork dishes.

Rating (from 70 to 100): 87/100

Value: 1.5/5 for the USD on the boat, but 5/5 for the LCBO price!

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