Escarpment ‘Te Rehua’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 07-Mar-2012
Very full, dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour, this is youthful in appearance. This has a voluminous, dense and solid bouquet which is packed with concentrated aromas of ripe dark plums with complex dried herbs, savoury forest elements and nuances of violet florals. This has a perfumed lift. Full-bodied, the wine has rich flavours of ripe, dark plums, dark berries and cherries, lifted with dark florals and oak, all harmoniously interwoven and succulently mouthfilling. Serious extraction, with firm, but very fine-grained tannins support the fruit, contributing to the balance and completeness on the palate. The finish is long and sustained with complex, savoury black fruit flavours. This is a fulsome, richly fruited, complete Pinot Noir with vibrant dark fruits, complexing savoury notes and perfumed lift. Serve with roast pork, lamb and beef over the next 6-9 years. Made from vines planted in 1990, a mixture of many clones from the 1.1 ha ‘Barton' vineyard on Huangarua Road, with deep alluvial gravels. 40% whole bunch and ambient soaked. Native yeast fermented to 14.12% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 33% new French oak. 19.0+/20 Mar 2012 RRP $65.00 Very dark, deep, purple-black red colour, this is not quite impenetrable. The nose is powerful with ripe, dark berry fruits, violetty florals and notes of dried herbs, the nose with excellent depth, density and concentration. On palate a most fulsome wine, sweet and ripe with lush dark berry fruits, and an aromatic edge. The succulence of the fruit is a feature, and this is supported by perfectly balanced, supple tannins and freshness from fine acidity. Oaking is very sensitive and just adds shine to the fruitiness. A complete, fruit-expressive wine of lovely harmony. I saw this as the ‘Kiwa' wine in the blind tasting and rated it as my 1st preference of the 5 wines tasted. 19.5/20  Jan 2012

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