Craggy Range ‘Te Muna Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 22-Mar-2013
Very dark ruby-red with slight garnet hues on edge. The aromas are of ripe dark red berry fruit, expressed with an ethereal lift, revealing attractive cedary oak interest and detail. Medium-bodied, this has very attractive, ripe and dark red berry and floral fruit flavours complexed by oak spices and nuances of savoury herbs. This is poised with primary sweetness and subtle ethereal and gamey elements of secondary development just appearing. The tannins are very fine and flowery and result in a refined mouthfeel, and an extremely long and lingering finish. A wonderfully rich, warm, but refined wine with delicacy and ethereal expression. A wine to develop another 6-9 years. For one of the warmest growing seasons, this has surprisingly reined-in expression. 19.0+/20 Mar 2013 The 2009 vintage Pinot Noirs from Martinborough will vie with the 2008s for the honour of one of the best vintages in the last decade. Bright ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, this has an elegant, somewhat shy bouquet at present. There is a core of dark berry and plum fruits with lovely oak and spice complexities to the aroma. The palate is rich, dense and concentrated with sweet flavours of red and black berry fruits, plums as well as spices and a little liquorice. At 14.4% alc., this has good body weight and depth. The tannin extraction is perfect, resulting in a wine of balance and proportion, with a long, lush and supple finish. A wine to match with roast duck and most red meat dishes over the next 6-8 years. Indigenous yeast fermented with 5% whole bunch, and matured in 32% new French oak barriques for 10 months. 19.0/20 Jan 2011 RRP $39.95

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