Alexander ‘Dusty Road’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 13-Oct-2014
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour. This is full with deep, ripe dark berry and plum fruit aromas, quite densely packed. Some savoury earth, game and oak cedar complexities and layers unfold. A fulsome, broad wine on palate, soft and even sweet plum flavours, a little oak and liquorice. Soft, but still with good grainy texture and structure, a little low in acid. A crowd pleaser over the next 5+ years. Dijon clones 115, 667, 667 and 5, planted 1998. All seasoned oak, this is a selection of barrels. 18.0-/20 Oct 2014 RRP $26.00 Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues on edge. The nose has gently unfolding aromas of ripe dark red berry fruits with attractive lifted floral notes, along with subtle layers of savoury dark herbs, liquorice, earth and cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, soft, juicy and plush fruit flavours of dark plums, cherries and red berries feature on the palate, forming a rounded, dense core. The fruit brightness and sweetness is enhanced by good acid liveliness and tension, but well-balanced by fine-grained, supple tannins providing structure and framework. Spicy plum and liquorice notes emerge and are carried to a concentrated, long and dry finish. This is a soft, plush and juicy Pinot Noir with freshness and soft red berry, plum and liquorice flavours. Serve with risotto, pasta, duck and pork over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the ‘Home’ vineyard, fully destemmed and fermented in equal proportions by indigenous and inoculated yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in French oak barriques, 25% new equivalence. 17.5+/20 Sep 2014 RRP $26.00

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