Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2003

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 30-Jun-2014
A frost-affected vintage resulting in small yields, around 30% that of the norm. Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues. The bouquet is firmly concentrated with vibrant and ripe, dark red berry fruit and plum aromas, still with fragrant primary elements, but intermingling with some complexing dried herb and game notes, the nose revealing a range of spices. A fulsome wine, quite firm and structured on the palate, the tannin extraction and dryness lending a taut linear core. The flavours are ripe and concentrated with black and red berry fruits infused with dark herbal nuances. Some bramble and undergrowth from secondary development show and are melded with the structure. The acidity is discreet, providing a degree of finesse, and enhancing the sweet plum fruit and violet floral lift on the finish. This is a powerful and firm wine with vibrant, ripe fruit; it will keep well, say another 7-9+ years. 19.0/20 Jun 2014 RRP $N/A

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