Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 05-Aug-2011
Mainly clone 10/5 with 6% 667, sixth crop off the vines, fermented 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 27% new French oak barriques. Deepish ruby-red colour with some purply-garnet hues on edge. This is intensely packed on bouquet with ripe, dark raspberry fruit aromas along with dark plum and floral notes. The noose has clarity of expression and is echoed on the palate. Bright and concentrated raspberry liqueur, plum and liquorice notes show, the flavours quite primary with juiciness. The wine is still tight and concentrated, with fine tannin grip and a firmness of structure providing line and length. Oaking is subtle and fine. The acidity is ample and adds to the fruit lusciousness, balancing the extraction, enabling a long finish. Match with duck, pork and lamb over the next 5-6+ years. 18.5/20 Aug 2011 RRP $28.20 Bright ruby-red colour, with pale purple hues, youthful in appearance, this has ripe dark berry and plum aromas along with dark cherry liqueur and violet notes. A rich, medium bodied wine, the fruit is luscious and lively, bright and juicy, yet with very good concentration and depth. Fine tannin grip and some oak toastiness bring interest and balance. 14.0% alc, this was aged 9 months in French oak. Apr 2011 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade', the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews' operates

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