Escarpment ‘Kiwa’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 01-May-2018
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight garnet hues. The nose is elegant and harmonious in presentation and proportion with near-ethereal, interwoven aromas of ripe, savoury dark-red berry fruit along with notes of blackberries melded with piquant dark herbs, some whole bunch stalk nuances, and nutty, cedary oak suggestions. This has finesse and integration, with real depth, and unfolds a little raspberry liqueur with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has a refined and tightly concentrated core of ripe, savoury dark-red berry fruit intermixed with a layering of spices, cedar and earth, and subtle dark and dried herb detail, and nuances of whole bunch stalk and nutty oak complexities. The flavours form a fine-grained, well-concentrated core with fine, powdery tannin extraction providing structure and grip. The acidity is soft and integrated, and the wine has excellent linearity, carrying to a very long and sustained, rich, savoury and spicy finish. This is a very rich and concentrated, elegant Pinot Noir with a fine core of dark-red fruits melded with herb and spice complexities. Match with coq au vin and slow-cooked game meat over the next 6-8+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Cleland’ vineyard on Cambridge Road, a blend of clones 5, 6 and 13, vines 29 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole bunches to 12.7% alc., the wine spending 23 days on skins and aged 18 months in 40% new French oak barriques. 19.0/20 Apr 2018 RRP $85.00

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