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Kusuda Pinot Noir 2016

Kusuda Pinot Noir2016

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Dark berries combine perfectly with very fine tannin structure. Full flavoured mouth feel with nuanced blue and red berry flavours. Lovely texture & good length on the palate.

Why we love it: 

It's Kusuda...

Drink with: 

Meaty and oily fish.

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Blend Info.
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol by Vol.
12.5%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now - 2024+
Serving Temp.
12 - 17 degrees
Closure
Cork

Producer

Kusuda

‘Kusuda’ is a Martinborough based producer that was established in 2001 and quickly became one of those cult wines everyone is dying to get their hands on. Set up by Tokyo-born Hiroyuki (known as Hiro) Kusuda, there was a high chance New Zealand may have never been able to have these wines grace their lips, as Hiro trained as a Lawyer and worked as a Consulate General. Thankfully for the world he threw that in and pursued his other long term love: wine. 

He moved to Germany in 1996 and studied Oenology and Viticulture in Geisenheim University. An experiment for his thesis happened to be carried out in New Zealand and Hiro had found his home in the world. While he was here his host family was the Schubert’s from ‘Schubert Wines’. Flash forward a few years, Hiro has moved to New Zealand, and whilst not having his own facilities or Vineyard he was able to release his first vintage with the help of his good friend Kai Schubert.

Hiro has always said that he wants to make wines that he loves to drink. His favourite varietal is Pinot Noir and he strived to make one that could be appreciated at the highest level. A feat we think he has managed in spades. His Pinot Noir is a dance between black berries, great depth and a wicked tannin structure, lovely texture, great length on the palate and something you desperately want to savour. Riesling is Hiro’s love affair and he’s made a wine which exhibits a strong, waxy, botrytis character that’s enhanced by flavours of floral, citrus and spice. The most recent addition to the collection being the Syrah, which exhibits core of plums & blackberry preserves with a black pepper finish.  

To find out more about Kusuda and their wines please visit their website here.

Region

Martinborough / Wairarapa

Although a small region, there’s no doubt about the fact Martinborough packs a punch. Producing some of New Zealand's most acclaimed wines and garnering a large following. The regions first vines were planted back in 1883, but it wasn’t until 1970 that heads started to turn and Martinborough was competing on the world stage. The region features a diverse selection of wines, but the silt loam and gravelly sub-soils of the Martinborough Terrace ensure pinot noir and sauvignon blanc grapes flourish.

The areas three sub-regions; Martinborough, Masterton and Gladstone and have similar grape varieties planted, but the differing terroir of each brings out unique flavours. The Wairarapa makes up 3% of New Zealand’s total production. This number is contributed to by the fact vineyard yields in the area below the national average, this alone is a large contributor to the regions success.

While Martinborough is a small colonial village with many of the producers in the area being family owned and run. Only a short drive north of New Zealand's’ capital city Wellington, the area is well situated as has earned the reputation as the wine hub of the Wairarapa. Gladstone is a little south of Masterton, Wairarapa's largest town and is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the country, luckily for us, it has plenty of room to grow!

Wairarapa is one of the coolest and driest areas in the north island, with climate and soil conditions similar to that of Burgundy, it’s no surprise that the wines produced in the area are some of New Zealand's finest.