Escarpment Te Rehua Pinot Noir 2020, Martinborough

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 08-Aug-2022
Even, deep ruby-red, lighter on the rim with a suggestion of garnet. The nose is soft, overlying an earthy tone, aromas of ripe strawberry, plum and red-black cherry melded with minty, herbaceous notes, aromatic oak and fragrant whole bunch suggestions. Medium-bodied, perfumed and attractive aromas of strawberry, red-black cherry entwined with mint, violet, whole bunch, savoury elements, and barrel spice. The mouthfeel is chewy with firm, fine-grained, velvety tannins. The wine is concentrated and fragrant, packed with interesting whole bunch details; lacy acidity drive vitality and a lengthy, fragranced, savoury finish. This complex Pinot Noir possesses a savoury, firm tannin structure, well-portioned fruit and spice, and an enticing aromatic lift. Match with tea-smoked duck and lamb over the next 10+ years. Fruit from Barton Vineyard on Huangarua Road planted in the 90s, handpicked, fermented with indigenous yeast in open top wooden cuvee to 13.4% alc, total vat time of 20 days, aged in French oak barriques for 16 months, 30% new oak. Unfined, unfiltered. 19.5-/20 pts (97 pts) Aug 2022 RRP $85

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