Babich ‘Black Label’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 27-Dec-2015
Bright ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is elegantly full with gentle, lifted aromatics of red florals and red cherry and berry fruit, unfolding violet fragrances entwined with savoury herbs and pepper. This builds in volume, unveiling hints of cedary and toasty oak. Medium-bodied, the fruit is bright, sweet and aromatic with ripe flavours of dark red cherry and berry fruit and lifted floral elements. The palate features a fine core with very fine-grained tannin extract and integrated acidity which enlivens the fruit sweetness. As the wine flows, cedary and toasty oak nuances unfold and combine with the fragrant fruit leading to a long, dry finish. This is an elegantly structured, fine-textured, aromatic Pinot Noir with cherryish fruit and cedary oak suggestions. Match with grilled and roasted duck or pork, and with Asian fare over the next 4 years. Fruit from 80% ‘Cowslip Valley’, Waihopi and 20% ‘Headwaters’, near Renwick, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.5% alc, the wine aged 10 months in barriques. 18.0-/20 Dec 2015 RRP On-premise only

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