Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 10-Apr-2014
60% Te Muna fruit, clones 667 and Abel from vines 12 y.o. and 40% from Martinborough township vineyards, with a range of clones from vines up to 25 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunch to 12.6% alc., the wine spending 18 days on skins, and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Fullish, deep ruby-red colour with black hues, lighter on rim. The bouquet is firmly concentrated and packed with aromas of black cherries and black berry fruits, along with dark plums, savoury mineral and earthy notes. Dried herb whole cluster and violet perfumes unfold, forming a complete and complex nose. Medium-full bodied, flavours of dark red and black berry fruits are complexed by savoury dried herb and whole bunch characters. The fruit is plush, fleshy, accessible and mouthfilling, with a good core. The palate has grainy tannins supporting the fruit, contributing to the long, sustained finish which features juicy black fruit nuances. This is a fulsome, complex black-fruited Pinot Noir with fine, grainy structure. Match with roasted red meats, casseroles and hard cheeses over the next 6-7+ years. 18.5+/20 Apr 2014 RRP $45.00

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