Craggy Range ‘Aroha’ Te Muna Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 22-Jun-2017
Very dark, deep-hearted black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with evenly packed aromas of dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit complexed by fragrant dark-red and violet florals melded with whole bunch stalk perfumes. This is seamlessly integrated and very harmonious in expression, with increasing depth, unfolding layers of detail in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant, lusciously sweet and ripe fruit flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit layered with complexing notes of savoury whole bunch stalk perfumes, dark and dried herbs, intermixed with dark-red and violet florals. The fruit richness is supported by considerable fine-grained tannin extraction, and the wine flows along a velvety textured line with fresh acidity lending tension and drive. The flavours carry to a very long, sweet and lusciously rich, complex-nuanced finish. This is a sweet, vibrant, lusciously rich, dark-red berry and cherry fruited Pinot Noir with complex layers of whole bunch, herb and floral notes on a velvety palate of great depth. Match with wild duck and pork, and Asian cuisine over the next7-9 years. Hand-picked fruit, packed in small crates and cooled down to 5°C for transport to Hawkes’s Bay for vinification. 45% clone 667, 30% Abel and 25$ clone 114, from the mid-slope Blocks 9, 10 and 16, the Abel from Block 19 outside this area, indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 15-25 days on skins and aged 9 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 19.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $135.00

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