Catalina Sounds Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 19-Nov-2014
Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is fresh and bright with intense, ripe, primary dark cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with subtle herb and earthy elements along with a thread of minerally reduction. Medium-full bodied, bright, piquant and pure fruit flavours of dark red cherry and raspberry fruit flavours form an elegantly proportioned core with sweet raspberry liqueur notes, dark herb elements and a hint of reduction. The wine is tightly structured and the fruit supported by fine-grained tannins, and the mouthfeel enlivened by slightly elevated acidity, which carries the wine to a sustained finish. This is a fresh, bright and racy, cherry and raspberry fruited Pinot Noir with a fine structure. Match with firm-fleshed fish, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit from the Southern Valleys, 55% from the ‘Sound of White’ vineyard and the remainder from the ‘Clayridge’ site, generally destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 5% whole clusters to 13.9% alc., the wine spending 18-25 days on skins and aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 17.5+/20 Nov 2014 RRP $28.00 Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with some purple hues. The nose is full with soft, dark raspberry and black cherry fruit aromas, revealing subtle savoury dark herb and earthy elements, the aromatics gentle in expression, building in depth and volume with aeration. Medium-full bodied, flavours of dark cherries, ripe raspberries and delicate spice notes show good depth and a subtly sweet richness. There is density to the fruit extract and a smooth, harmonious integration with fine-grained tannins providing a seamless structure and line. The mouthfeel has liveliness and freshness from bright acidity, enhancing the fruitiness, the palate leading to a fruity finish with refined textures. This is a harmonious and restrained Pinot Noir that grows in richness, revealing fine structure. Match with pork, veal and lamb over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the Southern Valleys, 55% from the estate ‘Sound of White’ vineyard, Waihopi, and 45% from the ‘Clayridge’ site, Omaka. Hand-picked, the fruit given a cold soak and fermented with 5% whole bunches to 13.9% alc., a portion undergoing ‘hot’ ferment. The wine spent 18-25 days on skins and was aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 2,200 cases made. 18.0/20 May 2014 RRP $27.00

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