2019 Corofin Churton Vineyard Pinot Noir (6 Bottles), Marlborough NZ

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90 Points
Joe Czerwinski – Wine Advocate

Sturdy and tannic, the Churton Vineyard Clod Block Pinot Noir will need a couple of years’ cellaring to turn on the charm. For now, it shows some attractive rose and red-plum notes on the nose, but it shuts down on the medium to full-bodied palate, ending with dark fruit, crisp acids and drying tannins.

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Established in 2011, Corofin is the new home for ex-Jackson Estate winesmith Mike Paterson and his partner Anna, until recently GM at TerraVin.

At this early juncture, while Mike is contracted to another project and Anna busy raising the couple’s two young daughters, Corofin craft two (soon to be three) single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, each in tiny 100-150-case lots. You can read about two of these “pretty special Marlborough sites” below (the third being the Weavers’ ‘Waihopi Slopes’ at Churton). Not too far down the line we’ll see a little Chardonnay as well.

For the time being the wines are made out of temporary digs at Fromm. Having spent the majority of their working years in and about Marlborough, Mike and Anna have no doubt regarding the potential of their adopted region, and were well placed to approach their first choice of vineyards.

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