Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 07-Mar-2012
Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, with a slightly lighter edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is full with bright, fresh aromas of dark cherry-berry fruit with nuances of whole bunch stalk, fresh herbs and violetty floral perfumes. Medium-full bodied, this shows succulent flavours of ripe dark cherries and black berries, as well as nuances of herbs, enlivened by fresh acidity, providing drive and richness through the palate. Balanced tannin grip and proper structure lends a degree of solidness and robustness, but it is the fruit that is the feature. The finish is long and sustained, with good fruit sweetness. Abel, 667, 5 and 10/5 clones from ‘Te Muna Road' and town blocks, the vines at least 10 y.o. 40% whole bunch, ambient soaked and native yeast fermented to 14.0% alc. The wine aged 11 months in 20% new French oak. A bold, lively and fruity wine with good structure. Match with Mediterranean cuisine over the next 6-8 years. 18.5+/20 Mar 2012 RRP $50.00 Very dark, deep, ruby-red, purple-hued colour with a little garnet on edge. The nose is full and robust with complex, savoury black fruit aromas along with floral lift, which lends a degree of style. The components are in excellent balance and harmonious. Elegantly sized on palate, this shows excellent richness of dark berry fruits, with firm and nicely balanced tannins, as well as bright, fresh acidity. Everything is coming together, melding well. Quite complete. I saw this as the Escarpment regional blend in the blind tasting and rated it 3rd equal in preference of the 5 2010 wines tasted. Knowing the identity, it overdelivers, and sits nicely with the ‘Insight' single vineyard wines. 19.0-/20  Jan 2012

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