Black Estate ‘Damsteep; North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 28-May-2018
Dark, deep, black-hued garnet-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and tight in expression with a taut core of dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit along with raspberry notes and lifted dark-red and violet florals, revealing a fine layering of delicate herbal elements. This has very good intensity. Medium-bodied, the palate has richly sweet and vibrant, aromatic fruit flavours of dark-red and black cherries and berries, with nuances of dark raspberries and a suggestion of liquorice., unfolding violet florals and subtle herb notes. The fruit sweetness fills the palate and the mouthfeel is balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction with fresh acidity. The fruit sweetness is underlined by some power and the wine carries to a long and sustained finish. This is a sweet and lusciously fruited, bright Pinot Noir with dark cherry and raspberry fruit, lifted floral and herb notes on a vibrant palate with fine tannins. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from the ‘Damsteep’ vineyard, vines planted in 1999, hand-picked, fully destemmed to give 75% whole berries, and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 12 months in seasoned French oak, followed by a further 5 months in tank. 1,057 cases made. 19.0-/20 May 2018 RRP $45.00

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