Alexander ‘Dusty Road’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 26-May-2017
Dark ruby-red colour with good depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is firm and well-concentrated with aromas of ripe dark-red berry fruit along with dark herb elements, and nutty oak unfolding subtle resinous suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and fulsome flavours of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits entwined with soft notes of dark herbs. The flavours form a concentrated core with fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, and balanced, lacy acidity. The wine carries with very good power, energy and drive, leading to a very long finish of dark berry fruits with fine textural grip. This is a well-structured, sweetly ripe, dark-red and black-fruited Pinot Noir with good grip, freshness, energy and underlying power. Match with duck, pork, beef, lamb and venison dishes over the next 4-5 years. A blend of clones 5, 6, 113, 115, 667, 777 and Abel, the latter comprising 30%, all hand-picked and fermented, 30% with indigenous yeasts and 20% whole clusters of the clone 5 fruit giving an overall whole bunch component of approx. 5%, to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 26 days on skins and aged 10 months in 17% new French oak. 710 cases made 18.5/20 May 2017 RRP $27.00

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