Escarpment ‘Kiwa’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 04-Mar-2013
Very full, dark and deep, purple-hued black-red, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is very full and voluminous, packed with rich savoury aromas of herb-infused dark red berry fruits and plums, underlined by a distinctive herbal and gamey complexity with whole bunch stalk notes. Fullish bodied, complex and individual flavours of dark berry fruits, and a plum and herb amalgam form a deep core. The palate has a degree of openness and breadth, with whole bunch dried stalk nuances emerging. The fruit is supported by fine, grainy tannins, and soft acidity enhances the fruit sweetness and rounded density which leads to an open and flavour-layered, long-lingering finish. This is a fulsome and open, but textured Pinot Noir with sweet, idiosyncratic and funky herb flavours. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef dishes over the next 6-8+ years Clones 5, 6 and 13 from 22 y.o. vines from the ‘Cleland' vineyard on Cambridge Road, fermented with 40% whole bunch to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 15 days on skins, and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak barrels. 18.5+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $65.00

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