Black Estate ‘Damsteep’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 26-Mar-2015
Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Damsteep’ vineyard, from vines planted in 1999, the fruit hand-picked and 94% destemmed, and fermented with 80% whole berries by vineyard derived yeast to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 28-33 days on skins and aged 12 months in seasoned French oak. Moderately deep ruby-red colour with lighter garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is softly full and voluminous with a concentrated core of ripe dark red berry fruits complexed by earth and dried herbal notes, unfolding layers of undergrowth, game and nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, gently rich and luscious fruit flavours of dark berry fruits are melded with waves of dried herbs, earth and minerals, and faintly resinous, nutty oak. The flavours are expressed with restraint, the sweetness balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. The mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh acidity, and there is underlying alcohol drive which carries the concentrated line to a long and sustained finish. This is a gently rich and concentrated Pinot Noir with complex dried herb and mineral flavours, and plenty of mouthfeel. Match with lamb, beef and game meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years. 422 dozen made. 18.5-/20 Mar 2015 RRP $42.00

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