Black Estate ‘Damsteep’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 03-Jun-2014
Full, dark ruby-red colour with black hues at heart, lighter garnet on rim. The nose is softly concentrated and well-packed with complex aromas of dark strawberry and savoury red berry fruit entwined with earth and mineral detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-structured with firm tannin extract encasing flavours of savoury strawberries, red berry fruits, dried herbs and earthy elements which form a complex, layered amalgam. The tannins and fruit form a deep, concentrated core which reveals fruit sweetness enlivened by fresh acidity, leading to a moderately lush, well-textured finish. This is a well-structured, complex, red-fruited and earthy Pinot Noir. Match with wild duck, pork and game meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. Clones 5, 114, 115 and 667 from vines planted in 1999, from the high altitude north-east facing back block on limestone derived clay soils in the ‘Damsteep’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented with 9% whole clusters and 70% whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 28-45 days on skins and aged 12 months in 3% new French oak. 400 cases made. 18.0+/20 Jun 2014 RRP $42.00

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