Escarpment ‘Te Rehua’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 10-Apr-2014
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is full with fresh and bright dark raspberry and black berry fruits, dark plums, the aromatics primary and youthful, with a steely, minerally edge. Nuances of raspberry liqueur, dark herbs and game unfold with delicate whole cluster elements. This is fruit focussed, with detail and interest. Medium bodied, bold and sweet fruit flavours are the feature on palate with dark red berry fruit and plums lifted with red florals. The fruit is underlined by supple, fine-grained tannins and enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. This is quite primary in expression, showing attractive clarity allied to lusciousness. The palate leads to a plump and succulent finish which reveals savoury whole bunch notes. This is a plump and juicy, primary-fruited Pinot Noir with supple structure. Match with lamb and beef dishes over the next 6-8+ years. A mixture of many clones from vines over 22 y.o. from the ‘Barton' vineyard on Huangarua Road, fermented with 30% whole bunch to 12.8% alc., the wine spending 25 days in vat, and aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels. 18.5+/20 Apr 2014 RRP $65.00 Full, deep, dark purple-hued ruby-red colour. This has a full, broad and densely packed nose of ripe black berry fruits with plums that opens up with volume and breadth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fulsome and well-structured with plenty of tannin extract encasing the fruit. The flavours of black fruits are sweet and dense, revealing earthy complexities, as well as dark floral nuances. The mouthfeel is weighty to match the bold fruit expression, with the extract carrying through to a very long and sustained, dry, textural finish. The black fruit richness and structure is sensational. 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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