Escarpment ‘Pahi’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 10-Apr-2014
Moderately deep ruby-red colour with a dark heart, lighter on edge. The nose is elegant and refined, quite slender in proportion with building intensity of black cherry fruit lifted by dark red florals, nutty and slightly resinous seasoned oak elements, minerals and smoke. Medium-bodied and elegantly presented, fruit flavours of dark red and black berry fruits are framed by a supple, soft-textured and rounded palate. The tannins are refined and enable the juicy and lush fruit to feature. Acidity is integral and adds freshness. Savoury, resinous oak nuances and nutty elements emerge, providing detail and interest, leading to a smoky, sweet plummy finish. This is an elegant, smooth and supple Pinot Noir with fine balance and some savoury oaking. Match with firm-flesh fish, risotto and pasta over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 10/5, Abel and 5 from 26 y.o. vines from the ‘McCreanor' vineyard on Princess Street, indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole bunch to 12.6% alc., the wine spending 15 days on skins, and aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels. 18.0+/20 Apr 2014 RRP $65.00 Bright, purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is tightly bound with a complex array of dark cherry fruits entwined with lifted florals and savoury, minerally, dried herbs. This has a positive, funky fruit aspect, showing some whole bunch influence. Medium-bodied, savoury dark red fruits are melded with funky game and dried herb flavours. The layers of complexity and interest blossom. The fruit is rich and sweet, with bright acidity and supple tannins providing beautiful balance and lusciousness. This has an excellent core of richness and a fine, lively line. This is 30% whole cluster, the wine aged 11 months in 40% new oak. 19.0-/20 Oct 2013 RRP $TBA

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