Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 04-Mar-2013
Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, the heart with black hues. This has a fresh and bright nose of ripe dark cherry fruit and plums with spicy elements. The aromas are concentrated and packed, revealing violetty floral nuances, dark herbal whole bunch notes and a little earthiness. Medium-full bodied, soft, plump and juicy dark berry fruit, plums, savoury stalk and herb detail and complexing earthy flavours feature on the palate and are supported by fine-grained tannins with good suppleness. The acidity enlivens the fruitiness and enhances the drive, leading to a long and lingering finish with dark herb and berry flavours, building tannin grip and a little drying texture. This is a full, plump and juicy dark-fruited Pinot Noir with noticeable whole bunch herb and stalk complexity and structure that builds. Serve with Mediterranean inspired cuisine over the next 6-8 years. 70% Te Muna fruit, clones 667 and Abel from vines 11 y.o. and 30% from Martinborough Terrace vineyards, with a range of clones from vines 11-22 y.o., fermented with 55% whole bunch to 13.4% alc., the wine spending 16 days on skins, and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barrels. 18.5-/20 Mar 2013 RRP $45.00

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