Ata Rangi ‘McCrone Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 22-Oct-2016
From the ‘McCrone’ site, the vines younger, and not quite the clonal diversity, but seen as sufficiently distinctive for an individual bottling. Ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. This is very firm and tightly bound with striking complex secondary savoury aromas melded with the Martinborough Terrace earthy and game-nuanced notes. The palate takes the aromas and open them up in flavour unfolding complex detail. The fruit is still sweet and rich, enlivened by fine acidity, but the extraction is serious with a firm core that grows and carries the wine to its long lingering finish. This is classical savoury, complex and structured Martinborough Pinot Noir, already showing what it has got. 18.5+/20 Oct 2016 RRP $75.00 Even ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. This has a well-bound and finely concentrated, intense bouquet of dark-red berry and cherry fruits interwoven with subtle, savoury dried herb, earth, nutty and mineral complexities, unveiling nuances of spice, liquorice, and violet florals. The nose is still fresh, vibrant and lively, and just beginning to show secondary complexities. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with deep and intense, tightly bound flavours of savoury dark red berry and cherry fruit complexed by subtle dried herb, herb and earthy layers. The palate has a refined grip, structure and linearity, with balanced, integrated acidity, and the textures carry the wine to a long, finely concentrated finish of savoury red berry and cherry fruit. This is a well-proportioned, tightly bound, fine-and seriously structured, savoury red-fruited Pinot Noir just beginning to show secondary complexities. Serve with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 6-8 years. The fourth release of a ‘McCrone’ vineyard Pinot Noir. Clones Abel, 5, 115 and 777 from the 2.43 ha ‘McCrone’ vineyard in Regent Street, vines planted 2001, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins up to 21 days and aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Oct 2016 RRP $75.00

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