Butterworth Layline Pinot Noir 2017, Martinborough

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 04-Feb-2021
Deep ruby-black with a garnet hue and good transparency, lighter on edge. The nose is softly full with complexity, nuances of plums, dried black cherries entwined with sweet vanilla, black pepper, underlying herbs and a hint of gamey development. Medium-bodied, plums and cherries intermixed with dried cranberries, herbaceous thyme and pine throughout the palate, unveiling sweet spices of vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, along with black pepper on the finish. A subtle gamey development enriched the palate; supple, powdery tannin and lacy acidity persist to a lengthy finish. Match with hare and duck over the next 3 years. Handpicked, destemmed, fermented in open-top vats to 12.5% alc. Aged in French oak for 10 months, 20% new oak. Vegan friendly. 18+/20 pts (91 pts) RRP $35

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