Escarpment ‘Kupe’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 10-Apr-2014
The eighth release of a ‘Kupe' Pinot Noir. Abel clone fruit from vines close-planted in 1999 from the ‘Kupe' vineyard on Te Muna Road, indigenous yeast fermented with 35% whole bunch to 12.5% alc., the wine spending 22 days in vat, and aged 12 months in 50% new French oak barriques. Moderately deep, even, dark ruby-red colour. This has a soft, full, and broad bouquet, quite complete in presentation with softly interwoven aromas of dark red fruits with creamy, nutty oak, revealing subtle layers of whole bunch savoury herbs and nuances of stalks. Medium-bodied with a degree of elegance, the flavours are restrained, with gentle red and black fruits entwined with savoury dried herb whole cluster elements and nutty oak. The palate has a rich and soft density and creamy, near unctuous flow, with finely integrated, supple tannins and rounded mouthfeel. This is quite complete and balanced with real harmony, and the flavours flow smoothly to a mellow, but lingering, savoury finish. This is an elegantly balanced and harmonious Pinot Noir with a soft creamy texture and subtle, concentrated complexities making it quite complete. Serve with roasted red meats and hard cheeses over the next 7-9+ years. 18.5+/20 Apr 2014 RRP $85.00 Light ruby-red colour with moderate depth and some youthful purple hues. The bouquet is fresh and primary, quite unformed, with dark red cherry-berry fruit with cool-spectrum stalk, pepper and herb aromas indicating some whole cluster. Violet florals and perfumes unfold. Medium-bodied, quite elegant, slender and tightly bound, the fruit is somewhat restrained, with dark red berries, fresh herbs, stalk and leafy flavours entwined with dark red floral elemrnts. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and the tannins refined, with good acid vibrancy throughout. The wine finishes with light fragrances and herb notes. This is 35% whole bunch, the wine aged 11 months in 50% new oak. 17.5+/20 Oct 2013 RRP $TBA

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