Escarpment ‘Kupe’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 02-May-2011
Deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, this has a fine tight nose of great precision and cut. Dark red berry aromas and lifted floral notes, a little shy, but with depth and concentration. The palate reflects the bouquet, tight but very concentrated with black-red fruits, florals and minerals and fine tannin extraction. Air time sees rich raspberry liqueur nuances and spices emerge. This has density and power and potential.  Apr 2011 Purple-red colour with a lighter edge, this is very tightly bound and elegantly expressed on bouquet with dark red berry fruits, fine perfumed aromatics and complexing earthy beetroot, mineral and steel notes. Sweet, spicy oak elements add to the ethereal nature here. There is finesse and elegance to the red and black berry fruit flavours on the palate. Wonderful floral nuances and distinctive savoury complexities are framed within an exceptionally refined, satin-textured tannic structure. The wine is fresh and has youthful tension by way of the excellent acidity. The finish is long and lingering. The wine displays a combination of refinement and complexity that should enable it to develop extremely well over the next 7-10+ years, showing class all the way. Made from own-rooted Abel clone fruit from 10 y.o. close-planted vines from the ‘Te Muna Road' vineyard fermented with 30% whole bunch to 13.4% alc., then aged12 months in 50% new French oak barriques. 19.5/20 Feb 2011 RRP $85.00

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