This wine begins in the Wairau and Awatere valleys where the vines are grown on a combination of stony soils and silty clays. This gives the wine its savory complexity, complemented by intense red berry highlights. The Icon Marlborough Pinot Noir is warm, rich and mouthfilling, with excellent palate weight. Flavors of ripe blackberries, cherries and plums overlay a firm tannin structure, with earthy, cigar box characters providing complex secondary flavors. Showing good length, the wine lingers with a spicy finish.
Pairs nicely with Rack of Lamb on Dried Cherry Polenta.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
When the first growers planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there is evidence of plantings as early as 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and zest fruit flavours of the first Marlborough wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, captured the imagination of the country's winemakers as well as international wine commentators and consumers and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development. Worldwide interest in Marlborough wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, has continued to fuel that regional wine boom.