Escarpment ‘Te Rehua’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 04-Mar-2013
A mixture of many clones from vines over 21 y.o. from the ‘Barton' vineyard on Huangarua Road, fermented with 40% whole bunch to 13.2% alc., the wine spending 19 days in vat, and aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Full, even ruby-red colour with good depth and youthful purple hues. The bouquet is very full, solid and voluminous, the aromas seamlessly integrated and stylishly restrained in expression. Black berry and dark plum fruits show with violet florals, hints of liquorice, herbs and minerals, and Asian spice elements. Medium-full bodied, beautifully harmonious flavours of black fruits, florals, herbs and exotic spices build in depth and richness. The extraction is significant, but the tannins are very refined, and discreet acidity lifts the aromatic profile, adding excellent poise and tension. An understated and elegant power drives the palate to a very long, delicately sumptuous and perfumed finish. This is a restrained, brooding Pinot Noir with seamlessness, finesse and a harmony that makes it quite complete. Serve with fine Asian duck and pork dishes over the next 7-9+ years. 19.5/20 Mar 2013 RRP $65.00

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