Dog Point Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 09-Apr-2015
Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on edge. This has a full, rich, multi-dimensional nose with breadth and layers of ripe dark red and black cherry and berry fruits with subtle whole bunch savoury stalk and herbal detail. The aromatics ae vibrantly fresh and concentrated with spices, black earth and lifted violet floral fragrances. Medium-full bodied, the palate features densely concentrated, rich, mouthfilling flavours of ripe black cherries, black berries and plums infused with spices, savoury herbs and earthy, minerally elements. The fruit is supported by plenty of fine-grained tannin structure, while fresh acidity provides cut and energy. This has tension and drive, carrying the wine to a very long, sustained finish with plum and spicy oak flavours. This is a rich, plush and concentrated Pinot Noir with structure, depth and mouthfilling flavours of black fruits, spices and whole bunch complexities. Serve with beef, lamb, venison and semi-hard cheeses over the next 7-9+ years. 60% Dijon clones 777, 667 and 115, with 25% Pommard clone 5, 10% Abel and 50% 10/5 from the ‘Dog Point’ vineyard, this 2013 vintage including fruit from the ‘Yarrum’ and ‘Settlement’ sites, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with 10% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 21-28 days on skins and aged 18 months in 40% new French oak. 19.5-/20 Apr 2015 RRP $45.00 Deep purple-red colour. This has a fragrant, floral nose, tightly bound and elegant, with fresh dark raspberries, herbs, spice notes and violets. Tightly concentrated on palate and fine in structure and proportion, the fruit is sweet and juicy, red berries and dark cherries, violet florals and lifted herb nuances and hints of oak toast still to integrate. The palate is underlined by fresh, lacy acidity providing cut. This is very fine-grained, elegant and showcases the pure aromatics of youth. % alc. TBA, the wine aged 18 months in new and seasoned French oak. 18.5+/20 Oct 2014 RRP $TBA

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