Alexander Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 18-Jun-2017
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is deeply concentrated and packed, intense aromas of ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit along with dark plums entwined with nutty oak with resinous nuances, unfolding notes of liquorice, dark herbs, some earthy hints and suggestions of savoury whole bunch stalks. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-packed and concentrated with rich, ripe and deep flavours of blackberries, black cherries, plums and liquorice, entwined with nutty oak, unveiling dark herbs and spices. The palate has very good fruit depth and intensity forming a firm-textured core with drive and linearity, the acidity ripe and well-integrated. The wine carries to a long, concentrated black-fruited finish. This is a very firmly concentrated ripe, black berry, cherry and liquorice-fruited Pinot Noir on a fine-structured, linear palate. Match with roasted and grilled game meat dishes over the next 7-9+ years. A selection of the 9 best barrels. A blend of 44% clone 5, 23% Abel, 23% mix of 6 and 113, and a 10% mix of 115 and 667, the fruit hand-picked, the clone 5 with 10% as whole bunches and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.6% alc., the wine on skins approx. 24 days and aged 11 months in 33% new Alliers oak. 219 cases made. 18.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $39.00

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