Ataahua Waipara Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 27-Nov-2012
A variety of clones, including 10/5, 114 and 115 from vines 18 y.o., fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins post fermentation and aged 14 months in seasoned French oak barrels. Dark ruby-red colour with good depth, a little lighter on rim. The nose is full and soft, with gentle aromas of ripe, dark raspberries and plums complexed with notes of earth and savoury, oak cedar. This has good aromatic richness and concentration. Medium-full bodied, this has a solidness of presence and is well-packed with fruit flavours of dark red berry fruits and plums, unfolding nuances of earth, spices and seasoned oak elements on the palate. The acidity is discreet, and with the supple tannin extraction, the mouthfeel is softly rounded. The wine has good energy that carries the flavours through to a sustained finish that features spicy plum fruit and oak. This is a sot, fulsome Pinot Noir with ripe plum and spice flavours to match with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-themed cuisine over the next 4-5+ years. 17.5+/20 Nov 2012 RRP $34.00

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