Escarpment ‘Kiwa’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 07-Mar-2012
Bright, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. Intense, penetrating and with power on bouquet, this has complex aromas showing an amalgam of dark red berry fruits, savoury game, dried herbs and subtle lifted florals. Medium-full bodied, this has bright, vibrant dark cherry and berry fruit flavours and subtle savoury layers that unfold in the glass. The fruit has sweetness and juiciness, with near racy acidity enhancing the richness and providing excellent tension and drive for the palate. Very fine, dry tannins underline the fruit, and provide a proportioned structure and good grip. The wine has a long finish with fresh black cherry, smoke and toast flavours. Made from UCD clones 5, 6 and 13 from vines planted in 1979 on the 2 ha ‘Cleland' vineyard on Cambridge Road. 40% whole bunch, ambient soak and native yeast fermented to 13.25% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 33% new French oak barrels. This is a poised and elegant wine with good acid brightness and fine structure carrying a range of complex fruit flavours. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern duck and pork dishes over the next 6-8 years. 19.0-/20 Mar 2012 RRP $65.00 Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. This is elegant on bouquet, with concentrated aromas of bright dark red berry fruit, showing attractive floral perfumes alongside savoury dried herb notes, resulting in a funky complexity in nuance. An elegant and medium-sized wine, this possesses great harmony, the rich dark fruits integrated and balanced by supple, fine tannins. Excellent, slippery acidity adds lusciousness, and the palate finishes with herb nuances. I saw this as the ‘Te Rehua' wine in the blind tasting, and rated it 3rd equal in preference of the 5 wines tasted. 19.0-/20  Jan 2012

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