Fromm ‘Clayvin Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 11-Aug-2013
Very full, dark colour with black-red hues. The bouquet is very concentrated with ripe black berry fruit aromas, revealing subtly complex layers of black cherry, violets, oak spice and toast elements. Full-bodied, solidly presented with density of fruit, the flavours are black and primary, and still tightly bound and restrained. Black berries and plums, and balanced oak are supported by fine-grained, soft tannins, with restrained acidity underlining the palate. The flavours fade gently on finish. A ripe, black-fruited wine still in a primary state, this is very fine textured. This will evolve over another 6-8 years. Clones 115, 667 and Abel from vines 13 y.o. on average, from the ‘Clayvin’ site, Brancott Valley, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole berries to 14.0% alc. The wine spent 3-4 weeks in skins and 14-16 months in 10-15% new French oak. 150 dozen made. 19.0-/20 Aug 2013 RRP $70.00 Dark, deep ruby-red, the nose is marked by complex aromas of dark berry fruit with a complex dark herb and earthy intermis. Quite densely packed on palate, with subtly lush fruit unfolding in the glass, revealing spices and dark raspberries, and fine-grained tannin sinew and lively acidity. This is still very tightly bound, with great linearity. 18.5/20 Jan 2013 Dark, deep, purple-hued black-ruby colour, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with focussed, ripe, dark red berry fruit aromas along with hints of red liquorice, red florals, spices and mineral detail, a little restrained at present. Medium-bodied, tightly bound flavours of dark raspberry fruit form a concentrated core. There is significant extraction, but the tannins are satin-like in texture and provide a very refined mouthfeel. The acidity is discreet, allowing the richness to build with a subtle plumminess that leads to a very long, stylishly proportioned finish. This is a seriously constructed Pinot Noir with an underlying richness and the drive to develop over the next 7-9+ years. Serve with poultry and pork dishes. Clones 115, 667 and Abel from vines 13 y.o. on average, from the ‘Clayvin' site, Brancott Valley, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole berries to 14.0% alc. The wine spent 3-4 weeks in skins and 14-16 months in 10-15% new French oak. 150 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Aug 2012 RRP $70.00 Purple-hued ruby-red with good depth, very youthful in appearance. This has a very concentrated and refined nose marked by beautiful primary fruit perfumes of violets and dark cherry-berry aromas, whole-bunch lift, the bouquet exuberant, without any excesses. Richly fruited and poised with ripeness, the fruit is near lush and fleshy, but underscored by fine, supple tannin extraction. The textures are velvety and smooth, and layered nuances of fruit and florals unfold. This is still extremely young, and should develop well over the next 8-10+ years.  19.0+/20  Mar 2012

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