2017 Clericus Wild Pinot Noir

$55.00

Deep ruby, with a fragrant, savoury, slightly herbal bouquet. Full-bodied, it has concentrated plum, herb and spice flavours, complex and savoury, fine-grained tannins and a lengthy finish.

Deep ruby, with a fragrant, savoury, slightly herbal bouquet. Full-bodied, it has concentrated plum, herb and spice flavours, complex and savoury, fine-grained tannins and a lengthy finish.

94 points / 4.5 stars            Bob Campbell MW

Moderately dense, smooth-textured pinot noir with hazelnut, red fruits and classy French oak flavours. A seamless, sophisticated wine with a structure of fine, peppery tannins. Accessible now but should develop well.  

 

94 points / 5 stars            Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Wonderfully fruited and gorgeously expressed, this stylish pinot shows dark fruit richness with vanillin oak, cocoa, smoked game and thyme characters on the nose. The palate delivers excellent concentration and supple mouthfeel, beautifully complemented by silky texture and fine, polished tannins. Complex and engaging with an impressively long refined finish.

 

4.5 stars            Michael Cooper, Winestate

Still unfolding, this Wairau Valley red is deep ruby, with a fragrant, savoury, slightly herbal bouquet. Full-bodied, it has concentrated plum, herb and spice flavours, complex and savoury, fine-grained tannins and a lengthy finish. Best drinking mid-2020+.                       

 

94 points /5 stars            Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Deep ruby-red with a slight garnet sheen, lighter on edge. The nose is softly full and elegantly presented with sweet fruit of strawberries, cherries, interweave medicinal herbs, clove and subtle earth. Medium-bodied, nuances of strawberries, cherries entwined with liquorice, thyme, unfolding clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and forest floor. Savoury elements and spices added dimension and layers. The fruit has concentration and ripeness, enriched by a firm yet velvety tannin structure. Integrated acidity carries fragrant fruit and spice and lends a long, elegant finish. This elegant Pinot Noir possesses sweet fruit, herbs and earth details, structured by fine-grained, velvety tannins; it shows slight development and yet youthful with strength.

 

92 points Recommended            Cameron Douglas MS

A bouquet of pinosity with aromas of dark cherry and plum, black tea, brown spices, smoky wood and an inviting layered complexity. On the palate – tense, firm, youthful, varietal and dry. Still developing and on its pathway to complete harmony. Flavours of dark berries and cherry, firm tannins and medium+ acidity. There’s a dried herb and newer oak tension and flavour trumping the core of fruit – these attributes will swap around over time, but in the meantime food is recommended – a simple wholewheat pasta dish with earthy flavours suggested. Best drinking from mid 2021 through 2025.

 

Clericus is the Roman origin of Clark and is associated with Roman Scholars. Clark Estate reserves only their finest wines to carry the name Clericus. These are wines made with love and passion. They tell a story of our land, our vines and our dedication to making great wine. Intelligent use of oak and indigenous yeast have created wines of wonderful harmony and balance.

 

Our Philosophy

As the Roman Empire spread, so did the evolution of viticulture around Europe. Vineyards were created in the best locations and wines were made using only the basic ingredients.

The Clericus wines are crafted with the same philosophy of using grapes from the most premium sites and using only nature to ferment the wines. Each wine is made to represent both the sense of place and also the origin of the grape itself. Only once the wine is in perfect balance will it be bottled and left to age slightly before being released.

 

Winemaking

Individual rows are chosen by hand and each parcel of fruit is carefully selected and kept separate throughout the winemaking process to preserve the unique flavours. Indigenous fermentations and time on lees allow subtle earthy flavours and a lovely texture to develop. The wines are rich and complex with a perfect amount of oak used in every wine to compliment the style.

 

Wine Analysis

pH       3.76

TA       6.06 g/L

Alc       13.5%

RS       1.3 g/L

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