2020 Te Mata Estate Pinot Noir Alma Hawke's Bay New Zealand

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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WA 93 WE 92
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2023

The 2020 Alma Pinot Noir was tasted six months apart from the 2021, but the notes were entered in the same place, and the similarities between the two are stark. The 2020 is more open-weave and approachable than the...
WE 92

Wine Enthusiast, September 2022

2020 is proving a rich vintage, with many wines poised for the long haul. Alma is a great example of this. With time in glass, it reveals a prism of aromas and flavors: baked plum, blueberry, mocha, licorice and baking...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country New Zealand
Region Hawkes Bay
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Te Mata Estate Pinot Noir Alma Hawke's Bay New Zealand is a captivating red wine that embodies the true essence of the Pinot Noir varietal. With its deep garnet color, this wine is a true visual delight, hinting at the depth of flavors and complexities that lie within.

On the nose, the wine offers a kaleidoscope of aromas that evolve and intensify with time. Baked plum and blueberry dominate, providing a luscious fruitiness that is complemented by notes of mocha, licorice, and baking spice. Each scent intertwines harmoniously, creating a symphony of olfactory pleasure.

Upon tasting, the full-bodied nature of this Pinot Noir becomes evident. The wine showcases powerful yet refined tannins that add structure and depth to the palate. However, it is the supple, juicy fruitiness that truly shines, enveloping the senses with its vibrant flavors. The impeccable balance of fruit and tannins is a testament to the winemaker's skill and dedication.

While this wine is already exceptional, it has the potential for further development and improvement with age. The polish and finesse displayed in its youth indicates that its true potential is yet to be fully realized. With proper cellaring, the 2020 Te Mata Estate Pinot Noir Alma Hawke's Bay New Zealand will continue to evolve and delight for years to come.

The esteemed wine critic from Wine Enthusiast, Christina Pickard, awarded this wine an impressive score of 92. In her tasting note, she praises the rich and multifaceted nature of the 2020 vintage. She highlights the wine's evolving aromas and flavors, as well as its fuller body compared to other Pinot Noirs. Pickard suggests that this wine will reach its peak between 2023 and 2032, making it an excellent choice for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

In conclusion, the 2020 Te Mata Estate Pinot Noir Alma Hawke's Bay New Zealand is a remarkable wine that exemplifies the beauty and complexity of New Zealand's Hawke's Bay region. With its enticing aromas, powerful yet refined palate, and the promise of further improvement with age, this wine is a true treasure for wine lovers seeking a truly exceptional experience.