Alexander Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 23-Sep-2014
Hand-picked fruit, 50% Abel clone, the remainder clones 5, 6, 113 and 115, from the ‘Home’ block, destemmed and given a cold soak, fermented in equal portions by indigenous and inoculated yeast to 14.3% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 50% new French oak barriques. Dark, deep, garnet-red colour with some lighter brick hues on the rim. The bouquet is full and deeply concentrated with ripe, savoury dark red berry fruits complexed by earthy elements and sweet oak, along with a little aromatic lift. Full-bodied with excellent presence, softly rich, and concentrated flavours of sweet, dark red berry fruits are harmoniously entwined with complex secondary layers of earth and hints of game, and lifted, sweet oak. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and the mouthfeel has energy and vitality with discreet, underlying acidity. As the wine flows, nuances of earth, spices and oak unfold and carry through to a sustained finish. This is a stylishly fulsome and rich, dark-fruited Pinot Noir with savoury, earthy complexities and lifted oak. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6 years. 18.0+/20 Sep 2014 RRP $36.00

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