Auntsfield ‘Hawk Hill’ Southern Valleys Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 19-Mar-2017
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, a little lighter on the edge. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with vibrant and penetrating aromas of ripe black cherry and dark raspberry fruit intermingling with savoury black plums, unfolding lifted black floral perfumes and subtle notes of dark herbs and minerals. The aromatics are beginning to develop secondary complexities. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses a finely concentrated and dense core of harmoniously interwoven flavours of ripe black cherries, raspberries and plums along with savoury secondary notes of dark and dried herbs and minerals. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction providing a firm-textured, but refined core and line. The acidity is bright and the wine carries with vitality and energy to a long, lingering finish of dark-red fruits, dried herbs and minerals. This is an elegantly concentrated, vibrant, dark raspberry fruited Pinot Noir with savoury secondary complexities emerging and a very tine-grained structure. Serve with lamb and beef, and with semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Clones 75% Abel and 25% 667 from the 2 ha ‘Hawk Hill’ block, hand-picked, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 38% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $58.00

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