Craggy Range ‘Aroha’ ‘Te Muna Road Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 27-Jun-2015
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour, a little lighter on rim. The bouquet is full, broad and densely packed with aromas of ripe, savoury dark red berry fruits entwined with layers of dried herb and stalky whole cluster complexities, along with game and undergrowth elements. Some red floral lift lends an ethereal perfume, and the nose impresses with its full and harmonious array of detail, allied to depth and density. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a rich and complex range of savoury red berry fruit flavours interwoven with dried herb, stalky perfumes, undergrowth and game. Floral elements provide lift. The mouthfeel follows a fine-grained tannin core, which provides mouthfeel, extract and structure. Soft acidity adds to the depth and richness, and the wine carries its concentrated core to a very long and sustained, complex, savoury finish. This is a full, rich and layered Pinot Noir of real complexity, with fine structure and presence. Match with coq au vin, casseroles and game meat dishes over the next 6-9 years. Approx. 40% each clones 114 and Abel, and 20% 667 from 5 ha of the top terrace of the ‘Te Muna Road’ vineyard, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 40% whole clusters to 13.4% alc, the wine spending a total of 15-21 days on skins and aged 11 months in 32% new French oak barriques. 1,000 dozen made. 19.0+/20 Jun 2015 19.0+/20 Jun 2015 RRP $99.95 Very dark, moderately deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is tightly concentrated with rich, deep and ripe fruit aromas of dark red and black cherry fruit, with lifted primary notes, but showing savoury stalk and dried herb aromas from whole cluster and Abel clone. The fruit is complexed by soft violet perfumes and dark herbal elements, and shows a rawness of youth. Medium-full bodied, concentrated, ripe, dark red berry and cherry fruit flavours are entwined with dark herbs and savoury stalk nuances and a hint of pepper. The fruit is vibrantly sweet and luscious, full if vitality, with soft, ripe acidity lending a satiny line. Fine-grained, flowery tannins support the fruit and provide a soft, supple fleshiness. The extraction builds to a deep core and line, carrying the sweet fruit to very long cherryish finish. This expresses Martinborough, Abel and whole cluster signature with wonderfully vibrant fruit, along with balanced structure and soft acidity. Match with poultry and pork dishes and Asian fare over the next 8-10 years. Approx. 40% each clones 114 and Abel, and 20% 667 from 5 ha of the top terrace of the ‘Te Muna Road’ vineyard, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 40% whole clusters to 13.4% alc, the wine spending a total of 15-21 days on skins and aged 11 months in 32% new French oak barriques. 1,000 dozen made. 19.0+/20 May 2015 RRP $99.95

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