Archer McRae Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 23-Mar-2015
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with a good heart, lighter on edge. The bouquet is full and solidly packed with aromas of savoury dark red berry and black fruits melded with minerals, black herbs and the beginnings of complexing secondary development, in dried herb and undergrowth. Fullish bodied, the palate features fulsome flavours of savoury dark red and black berried fruits and integrated layers of dark herbs, earth and minerals. Some resinous, nutty oak elements add interest and detail. This has real weight and mouthfilling presence, the fruit underling by fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction. There is considerable power and drive, with subtle background acidity carrying the wine to an elegantly proportioned, long and lingering savoury finish. This is a stylish, powerful and well-weighted Pinot Noir with savoury black fruits and fine-grained structure. Match with game meat and hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Clones 114, 667 and 5 from 15+ y.o. vines from the ‘Stratford’ vineyard, fully destemmed and given a long pre-ferment soak, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in approx. 25% new French oak. 250 cases made. 18.0/20 Mar 2015 RRP $60.00

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