Craggy Range ‘Te Muna Road Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 22-Mar-2013
Lighter ruby-red with some outhful purple hues. The bouquet is elegant and graceful, somewhat smaller-scale but beautifully perfumed with dark red cherry and berry fruits and florals, revealing savoury nuances and an underlying herb-stalk complexity. An elegantly sized wine on palate, lifted dark red berry and cherries show with brightness, sweetness and succulence. Quite primary, near racy acidity provides drive, with fine-grained, supple, and positive tannins in support. The finish is carried by the acidity, which is lifted with lovely oak spices. A very elegant, youthful and aromatic wine with fresh acidity featuring. 6-8+ years easily. This is a classical vintage for Martinborough and has provided slender beauty. 18.5-/20  Mar 2013 Full, vibrant ruby-red colour with slight purple hues on rim. This has a soft, fragrant nose of ripe, dark cherry and berry fruit aromas with lifted violetty florals and nuances of dark herbs and spices that blossoms and intensifies in the glass. Medium-full bodied, bright, detailed flavours of juicy dark cherries and red berries, with soft red florals and spices are supported by fine-grained tannins and lacy acidity. The fruit richness is ethereally mouthfilling and builds gently. This has a finely concentrated core and lively palate line that carries the fruit to a sustained finish with dry textures and floral and berry nuances. This is an elegant, fine detailed, sweet fruited Pinot Noir with the balance and structure to age 5-6 years. Serve with Mediterranean cuisine, and poultry and pork dishes. 85% hand-picked fruit indigenous yeast fermented with 10% whole bunches to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 27% new French oak barriques 18.0+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $42.95 Moderately deep, light ruby-red colour with some purple hues on edge. The nose is elegant, but penetrating with very aromatic, lifted dark cherry and dark red floral aromas along with hints of spices and minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned, showing bright, lively and fresh black cherry fruit flavours with violet florals. Moderate extraction has provided fine supple tannins, the acidity lively and prominent. Fresh herb and minerally nuances emerge from the fruit core, and the wine finishes with good length, carried by the acidity. This is an elegant Pinot Noir with bright fruit and freshness. Serve with firm-flesh seafood and poultry over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from the ‘Te Muna Road' vineyard, fermented with 10% whole bunches to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 27% new French oak barriques. 18.0/20 Aug 2012 RRP $42.95

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