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Escarpment Pinot Noir 2020, Martinborough

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 08-Aug-2022
Deep, ruby-black with a garnet shade, lighter on the rim. This has an immediate pleasing, concentrated bouquet, with aromas of dark cherry and plum, dark herb, violet, pepper and delicate spice. Medium-bodied, aromas of dark cherry and plum interweave savoury hints, earth, violet, thyme and spice. Dusty tannins left a velvety, structural palate, tickled by black pepper and cinnamon. The violet and cinnamon elements lifted the dark character with elegance and complexity. This is a complete, elegant Pinot Noir with excellent concentration and balance on a lifted and velvety palate. Match with smoked duck and lamb prosciutto over the next 8+ years. The majority of fruit was sourced from the Te Muna sub-region, handpicked, crushed to open top fermenters, natural fermentation, 13.6% alc, on skins for an average of 20 days, aged 11 months in French oak barriques, 22 % new oak, a further 7 months in stainless steel, unfined, unfiltered. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Aug 2022 RRP $49

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