Alexander Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 27-Jun-2015
Full, dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is concentrated and well-packed with dense aromas of ripe black berry and cherry fruit infused with black minerals, liquorice and nuances of tar, unfolding black plum, spices and nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, this features a tightly concentrated heart of sweetly ripe black berried fruits melded with minerals, iron-earth and liquorice. The depth of fruit is enhanced by a fine line of tannin at the core. Fruit sweetness, supple textures and fresh acid poise lend considerable palate presence, and the wine flows with vibrancy and lusciousness, leading to a very long and sustained, plush and sweet-fruited finish with mineral and nutty oak elements. This is a rich, vibrant, finely concentrated black-fruited Pinot Noir with mineral and nutty layers. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-7+ years. Clones 5, 6, 113, 115, 667, 777 and Abel, hand-picked from the home Hinakura Road vineyard, partially wild yeast fermented to 14.0 % alc., the wine spending 27 days on skins and aged 11 months in 16% new French oak equivalence. A barrel selection resulting in 210 cases bottled. 18.5/20 Jun 2015 RRP $36.50

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