Auntsfield ‘Heritage’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 19-Mar-2017
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with black hues at the heart, lighter on the rim with garnet tints. The nose is softly full with real density and presence, showing layers of ripe blackberry and red plum fruit flavours entwined with black florals, dark herbs and nutty oak. The nose unfolds savoury, complexing nuances of undergrowth and earth. The bouquet has depth and breadth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is harmoniously interwoven with mouthfilling flavours of dark-red berry and plum fruit lifted by subtle black florals and entwined with a complex amalgam of undergrowth and earthy secondary notes. The palate has considerable density with fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. The acidity is balanced and underlines the fruit and tannins, and carries the wine with good drive and power to a solid, long and concentrated finish of savoury dark berry, plum and earthy flavours. This is a solid and densely packed, mouthfilling Pinot Noir with harmonious layers of complex dark red fruit, herb and earthy flavours, on a well-structured palate. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 7-9+ years. A selection of the best 7 barrels from the vintage. This is 67% Abel, and 16.5% each of 667 and 777, fermented with 4.2% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 28% new French oak. A few drops of David Herd’s 1905 wine are added to the blend. 18.5+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $95.00

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