Auntsfield ‘Heritage’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 14-Oct-2014
The flagship wine of Auntsfield and a tribute to David Herd who established Marlborough’s first commercial vineyard in the 1870s. Fruit from the top of Auntsfield’s steepest hillside, hand-picked and fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine given extended time on skins and aged 15 months in barrel. It includes a (very) small portion of David Herd’s 1905 vintage wine. Full, very dark ruby-red colour with black hues and slightly lighter garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is full and densely packed with concentrated and complex aromas of ripe dark red and black berry and plum fruit with layers of savoury dried herb and earthy notes intermixed with game and balsamic detail. Full-bodied, deep and concentrated, plush and rich flavours of black berryfruit and plums unfold waves of complex undergrowth and game elements. The mouthfeel is integrated with its density and fine, grainy tannin structure provides a driving backbone. As the wine flows, liquorice, earth, spice and balsamic complexities emerge and carry to a strong, lively and sustained finish. This is a seriously concentrated and complex flavoured Pinot Noir beginning to develop secondary layers. 19.0-/20 Oct 2014 RRP $95.00

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