Forager Pinot Noir 2017, North Canterbury

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 13-Apr-2021
Deep, ruby-black with a purple undertone, moderate transparency, slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is soft, underlying delicate sweet fruit, nuances of cherries, plums, vanilla, cinnamon are in the lead, unfolding earth, fire-pit and ash. Medium-full bodied, aromas of plums, dark cherries are dense, followed by a thread of red berries acidity melded with cinnamon, black pepper, star anise, cloves, underlined earth and savoury element. The palate is weighty with spices and a concentration of densely kitted tannins, delicate lifting fragrance followed, persist a lasting finish, lingering with silky tannin and subtle earth details. This is a shy, Pinot Noir with inner beauty, concentration and power waiting to be unveiled, serve decanted. Match with wild boar and duck over the next 8+ years. Fruit from the Isolated Hill vineyard, Waiau. Handpicked, fully destemmed, fermented outdoor in the vineyard in an open-top fermenter, indigenous vineyard yeast and ambient temperatures. 13.8% alc. Aged 15 months in one-third each 1 y.o., 2 y.o. and 3 y.o, French oak. 2875 bottle made. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Apr 2021 RRP $55

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