Greystone ‘Thomas Brothers’ ‘Reserve’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 06-Jul-2015
Very full, even, black-hued ruby-red colour with lighter garnet hues on rim. This has a very full and broad nose with deeply packed aromas of ripe, savoury dark red and black berried fruits entwined with complex layers of earth, undergrowth game and spices. With aeration, the red fruits blossom, unveiling red floral lift, smoke and oak. The aromatics are harmoniously interwoven. Medium to medium-full bodied, the palate has real presence and fruit depth, though the flavours are initially restrained. Ethereal waves of dark red berry fruits, savoury spices, earth and undergrowth unfold, showing lusciousness and succulence. Game and red florals emerge, adding to the complexity. The flavours are integrated and balanced by very fine, supple, background tannin extraction, and energised by refine, ripe, soft acidity. This flows smoothly and seamlessly, leading to a densely concentrated, complex finish with earth, smoke and oak elements. This is a beautifully rich, succulent, harmonious and complex layered Pinot Noir with refined funkiness and seamless textures. Match with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-7 years. Clone 5 and 15 fruit from the steep ‘Brothers’ Block’ on free-draining clay soils over white limestone, hand-picked and hand-sorted in the winery, fully destemmed and given a cold soak and foot-stomped for indigenous yeast fermentation to 14.0% alc. 25% was wild fermented in the vineyard "en plein air”, the wine on skins for one month, and aged 15 months in 70% new French oak. 275 cases made. 19.5/20 Jul 2015 RRP $100.00

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