Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 1995

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 30-Jun-2014
A ‘La Nina’ year with a warm growing season providing ripeness, affected by rain which led to considerable botrytis infection in the fruit. There were worries about dilution. Deep garnet-red colour with brick hues. The bouquet is deep with ripe dark red berry fruit aromas, with complexing savoury herb and slight gamey detail, unfolding layers of fruits, meat, herbs and a bottle age, oak and cedar amalgam. Full, deep and densely concentrated on palate, this has fulsome and solid extraction providing considerable structure and a well-textured mouthfeel. The fruit is ripe with mouthfilling flavours of dark red berry fruits, hints of game and savoury undergrowth. There is good sweetness, and fruit presence to match the robustness, grip, power and size. There seemed to be very little negative botrytis or rot flavour. Could it be ‘noble’ rot? This should keep well by way of the structure, ay another 6-8 years easily. 18.5-/20 Jun 2014 RRP $N/A

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