Charles Wiffen ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 29-Feb-2012
41% clone 10/5, 32% 115, 21% 667 and 6% 777. Fifth crop fruit from the ‘Charles Wiffen' vineyards in the Southern Valleys, hand-picked and fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 9 months. Moderately deep ruby-red colour with garnet and brick hues on edge. This has a tight, elegant bouquet of savoury red berry and cherry aromas along with notes of dried herbs, forest-floor and oak cedar forming a complex amalgam. Medium-full bodied, this has a layered, secondary flavour profile with red berry fruits, dried herbs, cedar, Middle Eastern spices and toast. The flavours on mid-palate are rich and enlivened by bright acidity and underlined by fine, near velvet-like tannins which lead to a long, dry, direct finish. Showing complexing secondary development, this has fine textures and oak spices that will make it a match with pork and lamb dishes over the next 3-4+ years. 17.5/20 Feb 2012 RRP $35.00 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade', the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews' operates

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