Escarpment ‘Kiwa’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 10-Apr-2014
Clones 5, 6 and 13 from 25 y.o. vines from the ‘Cleland' vineyard on Cambridge Road, indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole bunch to 12.8% alc., the wine spending 17 days on skins, and aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Deep ruby-red colour, with some purple hues on edge. This has a very full nose with gently interwoven aromas of lifted black and red berry fruits in an amalgam with notes of savoury dried herbs, game and whole cluster complexities. The aromatics combine intensity with finesse. Medium-bodied, the palate has harmoniously entwined and mouthfilling layers of savoury red and black fruits, dried herb and game and subtle, perfectly judged whole bunch detail. The balance of sweet fruit and fine-grained tannin extract is impeccable, lending elegance. The flavours flow smoothly, with lacy acidity providing excellent tension, piquancy and poise, and lead to a very finely concentrated, long finish. This is a very elegant, fine-textured and freshly balanced Pinot Noir with complex layers of savoury flavours. Match with wild duck, pork or hare, over the next 7-9 years. 19.0/20 Apr 2014 RRP $65.00 Very full, dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is full of fragrant, ripe dark red berry fruits, with primary violet florals and fine oak balance, the componentry well-integrated and finely presented. Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, tightly bound dark red floral and berry flavours show ripeness and richness, with some oak resinous elements still to come together. The extraction and tannin grip builds, the textured line becoming a feature on palate. Underlying acid provides freshness and combines with the tannins to carry the flavours of savoury violets and oak to a layered, long finish. This is 25% whole cluster, the wine aged 11 months in 20% new oak. 18.0+/20 Oct 2013 RRP $TBA

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