Blank Canvas ‘Upton Downs’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 14-Nov-2018
Light, opaque garnet-red colour with some depth, lighter edged. The nose is soft and ethereal with subtle, but voluminous aromas of soft-red berry fruits harmoniously melded with fresh and dark herbs, and some whole bunch stalk perfumes. This builds in intensity and penetration with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and refined in expression with stylish and subtle, savoury flavours of red cherry and berry fruit harmoniously entwined with fresh herbs and a layer of whole bunch stalk notes. The mouthfeel is very smooth in texture with an underlay of very fine, flowery tannin extraction, the acidity soft and integrated. The flavours carry positively to a long, savoury floral nuanced finish. This is an elegant and refined Pinot Noir with savoury red fruits and whole bunch stalk complexities on a fine-grained palate. Match with wild duck and pork over the next 5-6 years. 100% clone 777 from the Laurie’s vineyard on Upton Downs Road, Awatere, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with 40% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 455 cases made, a reduction in quantity due to loss from the earthquake in November. 18.0+/20 RRP $49.00

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