Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ ‘Cowslip Valley Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 10-Apr-2018
Ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, lighter edged. The nose is soft and harmoniously presented with a heart of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with subtle complexing nuances of dark herbs, suggestion of minerally reduction, dark-red and violet florals and nuances of liquorice. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and well-proportioned, concentrated core of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with a layering of dark herbs and liquorice, with dark-red florals and reductive nuances emerging to add interest. The fruit richness is up-front and supported by light, fine-grained tannin extraction and grip, with balanced acidity lending good energy. The wine carries to a plush, fruit-nuanced finish. This is a rich and sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with a juicy core of dark-red cherry fruit with liquorice and herb notes on a fine-textured palate. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the ‘Cowslip’ vineyard, Waihopai, clones 667, 777, 114, Abel and 13, destemmed and fermented, partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. 18.0/20 Apr 2018 RRP $44.95

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