Escarpment ‘Te Rehua’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 02-Jul-2015
A mixture of many clones from vines over 22 y.o. from the ‘Barton' vineyard on Huangarua Road, fermented with 50% whole bunch to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 18 days on skins, and aged 18 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Full, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, lighter on edge, youthful in appearance. This has a full, voluminous and intensely deep nose of highly aromatic, pure black berry and cherry fruit aromas infused with violet and black floral perfumes. Subtle waves of ripe dark red plums melded with subtle whole bunch dried herb and stalky aromatics emerge with nuances of liquorice and spices to provide complexing detail. Medium-bodied, beautifully rich, succulent and lusciously sweet flavours of ripe blackberries, black cherries and plums are the feature on the palate. Subtle savoury whole cluster herbal notes combine with violet florals, adding to the fruit interest, filling the mouth. Fine, refreshing acidity adds to the aromatic fruit lift, and fine-grained, supple, but significant tannins emerge, to provide a deep, linear core to guide the flavour flow. Nuances of soy sauce, Asian spices and minerals emerge and are carried to a very long, sweet-fruited, aromatic and fine-textured finish. This is an elegant, succulently rich and beautifully sweet and aromatic ‘Te Rehua’ with subtle underlining complexities. Match with poultry and pork dishes, and Asian cuisine over the next 7-9+ years. 19.5+/20 Jul 2015 RRP $65.00 Very dark, black-hued purple red. Full, soft, densely packed nose but broad and filling with breadth and volume. Rich black berried and plummy fruits, whole cluster componentry evident as is the oak spice. Fulsome, solid and mouthfilling, densely concentrated ripe black plum fruit and black berries, soft in texture but with considerable extract, nearly bitter. Complexing oak and whole bunch layers. Big tannins, but with roundness and supple edges. This just fills the palate with its richness, power and breadth. This is a statement wine. Is it OTT? This could be a 8-10 year wine. From 1.1 ha of mixed clone old vines, 50% whole bunch and 40% new oak. My score sitting on the fence, really. 18.5/20 Oct 2014 RRP $65.00

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