Bird ‘Big Barrel’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 13-Jun-2012
Light ruby-red colour with purple hues and some depth, youthful in appearance. This has a soft, ethereal nose of red berry fruits and red florals, attractively fragrant and perfumed. The aromas build with concentration to reveal dried herb notes and raspberry confectionary elements. Medium-bodied, the fruit is bright and juicy, with raspberry liqueur-like flavours, the liveliness enhanced by brisk acidity. The extraction is moderate and provided supple background structure, and along with the acidity forms a good palate line that carries through to a long finish with bright berry fruit and a little oak spice. This is a youthful Pinot Noir with bright, juicy, primary raspberryish fruit, fresh acidity and accessibility. Match with charcuterie and tapas over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from the Rapaura district, undergoing an initial wild fermentation before being inoculated. The wine spent 14 days on skins then matured in barrel for 9 months. 14.0% alc., 850 cases made. 18.0-/20 Jun 2012 RRP $34.95

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