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Kusuda Pinot Noir Martinborough 2018

12.8% abv

Vol- 75cl

‘This 2018 Pinot Noir is a beautiful pale brick-red colour. It might look more mature than you might expect for a 2018 New Zealand Pinot but this delicacy or colour and ethereal tasting quality is Hiroyaki Kusuda’s signature trait. Pure notes of red cherry hail from the exceptionally pretty nose, which is as intense and fragrant as if you were standing directly underneath a cherry tree in blossom. The fragrance builds the longer you swirl, enveloping the senses with its lifted, now slightly musky, cedarwood aromatics. Delicate savoury hints of toast and cured meat follow but there remains a deep, concentrated ball of ripe cherry fruit at its centre. This is a wine you could smell all day.
The palate has a gorgeous cherry-focused core with a sensation of fruit that coats the palate but in an intangible way, not with any increase in the texture of the wine. It is almost as if the flavours exist purely as a scent in the mouth. Flavours of ripe raspberries and raspberry tea are supported by an earthy note which adds complexity alongside the touches of toast and cured meat. Yet it is cherry and raspberry tea flavours which persist, lasting indefinitely on the delicate yet inordinately long finish. The balance of this, as always with Kusuda, is stunning and perfection itself. What a beautiful, beautiful wine. Drink 2022-2030.’ – Catriona Felstead MW, April 2021

“Kusuda’s 2018 Pinot Noir is only medium ruby in color, but it boasts gorgeous aromas of black tea, rose petals, gentle spices and just-ripe cherries. While the initial impression is one of great delicacy, this medium-bodied wine reveals a sinuous strength on the palate, a framework of wiry acids and silken tannins that supports the charming complexities and extends the mouthwatering finish. Don’t be fooled by its forward charm into thinking it won’t age more than a few years—this should still be drinking well a decade from now.” 2021 – 2030
93 Points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Jun 21

85% destemmed, cold soaked for 6 to 12 days. Fermented in open stainless-steel vats with pumping-over and hand plunging, total period of maceration 17 to 25 days. Aged in French (31.6% new) oak barriques for 16 months. Unfined and bottled with coarse filtration.

From the high-density block (majority 7400 plants/ha) we started to lease in 2011 then purchased after the 2015 vintage. Dry spring followed by very warm summer with the wetter than usual February. It was tricky to find the balance between the rising sugar level and the tannin maturity. Only 4940 bottles produced.

£95.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 4 remaining


Before embarking on his winemaking career, Tokyo-born Hiroyuki (known as Hiro) Kusuda trained as a lawyer, worked for Fujitsu and worked at the Consulate General of Japan in Sydney. Hiro sought a winemaking education in English, but was dissuaded by the fees that foreign students were charged at Davis in California and Roseworthy in Austrlia. Instead, he went to Germany, learned the language, enrolled at Geisenheim and then emigrated to New Zealand to work as an assistant to his friend Kai Schubert, who had been a few years ahead of him at Geisenheim. This led him to the tiny town of Martinborough to pursue both the Riesling and Pinot grapes – to which a third challenge, Syrah, has now been added.

Obviously the main market for Kusuda is Japan, where they have developed a cult following, and indeed whence comes the volunteer labour force at harvest time when every grape is rigorously checked before making the cut. Hiro Kusuda is meticulous to an almost fanatical degree, but it explains the exceptional quality and amazing precision of his wines.

Reference #:
12.8 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Pinot Noir

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