Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 16-Mar-2014
Hand-picked fruit from the Waihopi Valley fermented with a small portion of whole clusters to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barriques. Deepish, dark ruby-red colour with a good heart, lighter garnet on rim. The nose has a softly concentrated core of black cherries and black berry fruits, subtly infused with herbs, smoky oak and game. Medium-full bodied, softly expressed flavours of black cherry and berry fruit are entwined with dark and savoury herbs and layers of smoky oak on palate, reflecting the nose. The mouthfeel is soft, but there is good weight and presence, The fruit is integrated harmoniously with a fine tannin line, the extraction quite restrained and modest. Carrying the light smoked cherry notes to a cedary finish. This is a dark-fruited Pinot Noir with soft textures and depth, and smoky, herbal interest. Match with risotto and casseroles over the next 3-4 years. 17.5-/20 Mar 2014 RRP $32.00

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