Escarpment ‘Pahi’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 02-Jul-2015
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with a hint of garnet and purple hues on the edge. The nose is very elegant and tightly concentrated with penetrating, perfumed aromas of black berry and black cherry fruit entwined with a thread of whole bunch stalk and herb detail intermixed with violet florals. This has excellent aromatic clarity and density. With time in the glass, pepper, black mineral, smoke and a little reduction emerges. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of sweet black cherries and black berries form a tight and concentrated core. The fruit richness is lifted by violet and black florals, and complex dark herb, oak toast and minerally reductive notes emerge to add real interest. The palate is underlined by fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction and soft acidity lending a supple mouthfeel, and carrying through to a very long aromatic, black-fruited finish. This is a rchly concentrated, aromatic black-fruited ‘Pahi’ with fine, powdery tannin structure. Match with roasted duck and pork over the next 7-9+ years. Clones 10/5 from 26 y.o. vines from the ‘McCreanor' vineyard on Princess Street, indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole bunch to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 19 days on skins, and aged 18 months in 40% new French oak barrels. 19.0/20 Jul 2015 RRP $65.00

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