Ara ‘Pathway’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 03-Apr-2014
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with a deep heart, lighter garnet on rim. The nose is full with soft raspberry fruit underlined by subtle dried herbal elements, the bouquet growing smoothly in volume in the glass. Medium-bodied, soft flavours of raspberry fill the mouth with up-front flavours. The textures are soft from low acidity and mellow tannin extraction, allowing the bright and juicy fruit to feature. Dried herb notes unfold. This has good energy and accessibility, with good weight. The tannins show a grainy grip and structure which carries the wine to a soft, full, fruity finish with fruit sweetness. This is a soft, fulsome, raspberry-fruited and juicy Pinot Noir. Match with pasta, risotto and poultry over the next 3-4 years. Fruit machine and hand-picked, destemmed and given a cold soak, and fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine spending 10-15 days on skins, the wine aged in tank and barrel, the oaked portion for 6 months in 10% new French oak barrels. 17.5/20 Apr 2014 RRP $21.95

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