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Walnut Block - Nutcracker Pinot Noir 2017 Walnut Block - Nutcracker Pinot Noir 2017

Walnut Block - Nutcracker Pinot Noir 2017

Red Elegance

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Varietal:Pinot Noir

Unit Size:750ml

Alcohol Volume:13.5%


Country:New Zealand

Tasting Notes

Powerful yet elegant this Pinot Noir displays aromas of dark cherry, floral, and a hint of spicy oak. Wild yeast fermentation has created a wonderful array of savoury characters and underlying earthy tones. The silky palate shows rich red fruit flavours, savouriness and well-integrated oak. Gentle acidity and fine tannins give this wine great balance and structure promising longevity.

Technical Info

Brand:Walnut Block


Organic Certification:BioGro - 5240

Country of Origin:New Zealand

Serving Temperature:12-14C°C

Drink By:2027

Wine Ageing:12 months in high-quality French barriques

Winemaking Style:Minimal-intervention

Harvest:Handpicked and sorted into 15kg bins

Winemaking:Chilled overnight at 2C to preserve delicate flavours. The cold fruit is de-stemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters. Fermented using wild yeast and aged for 12 months in high-quality French barriques. Bottled unfiltered.

Viticulture:Grown in European style high-density planting, using top quality Burgundy clones. The canopy is meticulously worked on to ensure even ripening, intense flavours and good tannin structure.

Food Pairing:Roast Duck with Cherry Sauce, Beef Bourguignon, Grilled Salmon with Dill Sauce, Coq au Vin, Mushroom Risotto, Beef Wellington, Seared Ahi Tuna, Ratatouille, Lamb Tagine, Grilled Portobello Mushrooms.

Reviews and Accolades



The Real Review - Bob Campbell MW

Fresh, lively pinot noir with bright cherry, red fruits, fresh herb, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours supported by tangy acidity and fine tannins.

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Walnut Block

Founded in 1996 by the Sowman brothers, Clyde and Nigel, Walnut Block is a distinguished winery nestled in the heart of New Zealand's esteemed Marlborough wine region. Their journey began with the planting of their very first vineyard, strategically located in the Wairau Valley, renowned for its exceptional terroir and favourable grape-growing climate. Nearly a decade later, in 2005, the Sowman brothers officially established Walnut Block Winery, a family endeavour built upon their shared love for viticulture and winemaking. The name "Walnut Block" pays homage to the magnificent walnut tree that stands as a proud sentinel in the centre of their vineyard, serving as a symbol of their commitment to both nature and tradition. Their portfolio includes exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and a range of other varietals that capture the essence of New Zealand's terroir.

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