Big Sky Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 30-Oct-2016
Even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. This ha an elegantly proportioned and presented bouquet with bright and vibrant, rich fruit aromas of dark-red and black berried fruits, along with nuances of dark–red plums and a subtle layering of red florals, savoury dark herbs and whole bunch stalk elements. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-concentrated with a core of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits, showing sweetness and vitality. The fruit richness is balanced by moderate, supple extraction lending a fine-grained tannin structure. The mouthfeel is lively with lacy acidity, and the palate unfolds nuances of spicy oak, savoury herb and stalk detail. The structure carries the wine to a strong and positive finish with good depth, concentration and length. This is a rich, vibrant dark-red and black-fruited Pinot Noir with fine structure and complexing savoury herb notes and nuances of spicy oak. Match with wild duck and pork, and lamb and venison over the next 6-8 years. 80% clone 115 and 10% each 10/5 and Abel clones from Te Muna Road, vines 23 and 14 y.o., fermented to 13.2% alc. with 20% whole bunches, the wine on skins 24 days and aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Oct 2016 RRP $35.00 Increased whole cluster, but less new oak, with 11 months in 20% new. Very dark, deep ruby-red colour with some black-purple hints. Very full and solidly presented on nose, with sweet, ripe dark-red fruit aromas along with distinctive spicy, savoury oak initially that integrates. Fuller-bodied, quite firm and densely packed with sweet and savoury black fruit. Good structure. The oak shows, but reveals spicy-herbal-stemmy whole bunch complexities. This is yet to come together to show its full potential. 18.0/20 Jul 2015 RRP $39.00 Moderately deep ruby-red. The nose is softly full with good depth of dark red berry and cherry fruit, quite classical varietal expression, with some complexing herb and smoky notes. Medium-bodied, this has a bright fruited core, with finely judged ripeness and subtle, complex underlying herb and savoury elements. Whole cluster here? Sinewy mouthfeel with tannin grip and integral acidity. Quite burgundian. 6+ years. 115 and 10/5, low cropped, wild yeast to 13.2% alc., 25% new oak. 18.5/20 Oct 2014 RRP $35.00

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