Haha Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 14-Mar-2013
Fullish, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a full and voluminous bouquet, showing ripe, bright dark raspberry fruit aromas which reveal notes of dark herbs and red liquorice, and subtle oak shine. The bouquet is softly presently, and there seems plenty more to unfold. Medium-bodied, juicy and vibrant dark raspberry fruit flavours form a sweet and succulent core that fills the palate. Clearly primary, but very vinous, the fruit is balanced by fine and supple tannins in the background and fresh, lacy acidity. There is an underlying power and drive that carries the fruit to a very long and lusciously fruited finish of dark red berries and spice notes. This is a bright, juicy and succulent raspberry-fruited Pinot Noir with supple structure enabling accessibility. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones 777, 667, 115 and Abel, predominantly from the Awatere Valley with Upper Wairau Valley fruit, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.0% alc., 40% of the wine aged 9 months in 225 L and 400 L French oak barrels. RRP $19.99

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