Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 14-Jun-2014
Full and even, ruby-red colour with slight purple hues. This has a full, aromatic and initially lifted bouquet, with bright, ripe dark cherry and raspberry fruit and subtle notes of liquorice, savoury dark herbs, dusty earth and nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is firm and tightly concentrated with deep flavours of black cherries and kirsch intermixed with nuances of earth, dried herbs and nutty, slightly resinous oak. The mouthfeel features firm, fine-grained, powdery tannins forming a deep core, with the fruit sweetness encased by the structure. The palate is powerfully driven with good linearity that carries to an increasingly sweet-fruited, long and textured finish. This is a fine and firmly concentrated Pinot Noir with dark cherry flavours and dusty, earthy and nutty complexities. Serve with lamb, beef, venison and hard cheeses over the next 6-7 years. 50% clone 5 and 50% Abel, the fruit from 50% Southern Valleys slopes and 50% Southern Valleys flats, mostly indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 15% whole cluster to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 30 days on skins and aged 10 months in 30% new French oak, blended, then aged a further 6 months in seasoned wood. 935 bottles made. 18.0/20 Jun 2014 RRP $40.00

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