Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 27-Oct-2015
Moderately deep ruby-red colour with a dark heart and garnet hues on the rim. This has a full and voluminous nose with rich layers of ripe raspberry and red plum fruit aromas harmoniously interwoven with dark herbs, suggestions of earth and game, liquorice and spices, and hints of oak toast and complexing reductive elements. Medium-full bodied, rich fruit flavours of ripe dark red berries and plums fill the palate and unfold layers of spices, liquorice and herbs, and oak toast. The mouthfeel is soft, succulently plush and integrated with substantial, but supple, very fine-grained tannin extraction. The acidity is mellow and adds to the soft, rounded mouthfeel and textures, and the wine carries easily to a fulsome, long, raspberry-nuanced finish. This is a soft, plush, full and harmonious, raspberry and plum-fruited Pinot Noir with spice, herb and oak detail, and plenty of structure. Match with Asian pork and Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 115, 777 and 667, with some clone 5 and 10/5, primarily from the ‘Yarrum’ vineyard in the Southern Valleys, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 20% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 40% new French oak barriques. 19.0+/20 Oct 2015 RRP $47.95 Marlborough Pinot Noir is severely under-recognised. Some superb bottlings have emerged over the years. Fromm, Villa Maria, Auntsfield, Saint Clair, TerraVin and Te Whare Ra to name a few. The Dogpoint 2013 is superb. The Greywacke is another one up there. At present about 20% whole bunch. Maybe more can work well? Moderately dark ruby-red with slight purple hues. This has a full, deep nose of ripe dark raspberry and cherry fruit with an array of soft red fruits and florals, the faintest whole bunch herbal detail, sand toasty oak spices. Full-flavoured and mouthfilling layers of flavour unfold. It isn’t the ripest and darkest in fruit, but the interplay of soft red fruits, florals, herbs, spices and toasty oak is sensational to me. Soft and supple textures enhance the opulence and the wine carries effortlessly to a lush and exotic finish. 19.5-/20 Sep 2015 RRP $47.95

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