Escarpment ‘Pahi’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 07-Mar-2012
Clone 10/5 from vines planted in 1986, on heavier soils from the 4 ha ‘McCreanor' vineyard, Princess Street. The 1 ha ‘back block' vines were grubbed up due to uneconomic yields from effects of leaf roll virus after the 2011 harvest. 40% whole bunch, ambient soak and native yeast fermented to 13.76% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 33% new French oak. Bright ruby-red colour with some purple hues, lighter on edge. This has a very fine, tightly bound, concentrated nose with elegantly expressed aromatics of dark cherry fruit, dried herbs and stalk, along with nuances of spices and red florals. Medium bodied, this is an elegant wine showing herb-infused dark red berry fruits and complex savoury stalk elements with a delicate floral lift. The fruit has a surprising sweetness and juiciness and is enhanced by fresh acidity. Very fine and supple tannins support the fruit through the palate and the wine finishes with gentle, lingering ethereal florals interwoven with oak spice. An elegant, accessible and sweet fruited wine with floral and herbal flavours prominent. Match with tuna, salmon and poultry over the next 5-7+ years. 18.0+/20 Mar 2012 RRP $65.00 Light ruby-red with a pale edge to the colour, this has a fragrant and very aromatic nose showing red florals with hints of mint and a touch of eucalypt, interwoven with oak cedar and dried herbs. This is complex on bouquet, but shows a slightly cooler range of characters. Very elegant on palate, this is fine textured with tightly bound flavours. A smaller-scale wine with moderat extraction, this has balanced, fresh acidity. This is a wine of finesse and elegance, showing attractive lifted fruit and a sustained finish. I saw this as the ‘Pahi' wine in the blind tasting and rated it 5th in preference out of the 5 wines tasted. 18.5-/20  Jan 2012 Moderately deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, lighter on rim. This has a fine, intense and penetrating nose of dark cherry-berry fruit, violetty florals, fresh herbs and charry, toasty oak. The aromatics have a projection and purity, the oak melding in with time in the glass. Medium-full bodied, this is elegant and tightly concentrated with fresh, vibrant dark berry and red cherry fruit flavours forming a sweet, dense core. A complex amalgam of red florals, cinnamon spice, dark herbs and oak unfolds. The extraction is fine-grained, but significant, and balanced by lively acidity contributing to a sleek mouthfeel and a long, tight finish. 10/5 clone fruit from 29 y.o. vines from the McCreanor's ‘Pahi' vineyard on Princess Street, fermented to 14.0% alc. with 30% whole bunch, the wine aged 12 months in 30% new French oak. A fresh, fine-grained and aromatically-driven wine to match with duck and pork dishes over the next 7-9+ years. 18.5+/20 Dec 2011 RRP TBA

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