Craggy Range ‘Te Muna Road Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 11-Aug-2013
Dark hearted black-hued red colour, lighter on rim. This has a complex, fragrant and ethereally layered nose with a melange of dark red berry fruits with savoury red plum notes, intermingling with dried herbs, earth and a little gaminess. Medium-full bodied, the mouthfeel is solidly rich with luscious and complex fruit flavours. Spicy, savoury red plums and berry fruits, along with dried herb and mushroom notes show some secondary development. Fine-grained tannins and lively, lacy acidity provide a fine, vibrant mouthfeel with good tension and energy. The flavours lead to a long, complex nuanced finish. While evolving in flavour, this has vitality and will keep 5-6 years. Fruit from 33 ha with eight Pinot Noir clones, fully destemmed and fermented partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 31% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Aug 2013 RRP $42.95 Even ruby-red colour, with a good, dark heart. The nose is full and dense, with archetype Martinborough savouriness, the aromas showing herbal and forest notes from development. This has game characters and oak, all well-integrated. Full-bodied with densely packed and mouthfilling flavours, the palate is robust with plenty of structure and framework, encasing the complex game and forest-floor characters. An herbal, stalk and stem nature indicated cooler-spectrum fruit with possible whole bunch influence. The finish has grip and dryness. This should develop more complexity over the next 5-6 years. One of the coolest vintages, which shows in the spectrum of flavours, this has become more substantial. 18.0/20 Mar 2013 Fruit from 33 ha with eight Pinot Noir clones, fully destemmed and fermented partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 31% new French oak barriques. Moderately dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues, youthful in appearance. The aromatics are tight and intense, with a degree of elegance, the dark cherry and red berry aromas have an ethereal aspect, unfolding notes of dried herbs and a little toast. Some reduction is present at this early stage. Medium-bodied, this is stylishly proportioned with tightly bound red cherry and berry flavours infused with dried herb elements, the reduction less marked on taste. The palate has racy acidity providing brightness and liveliness, and a fine line of fine grainy tannins provide good drive and length. An elegant, tight and lacy wine with cooler spectrum fruit that will develop with interest over the next 4-6 years. Match with tuna, poultry and pork. 17.5/20 Oct 2011 RRP $42.95

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