Isabel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 17-Jun-2014
Moderately deep, dark red colour with lighter garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is initially soft, light and gentle with shy aromas of red berry fruit with red floral detail, which unfold, revealing subtle dried herb, earth and mineral notes. The nose builds to show good presence and depth. Medium-bodied and elegantly presented, a soft and fine-featured heart of dark red berry fruit grows in density and concentration, with sweet and spicy elements emerging. The fruit is supported by soft, fine-grained, dry tannin structure, and discreet underlying acidity that carries the wine to a sweet and rich fruited finish with refined textures. This is a subtly melded Pinot Noir with sweet fruit and a grainy structure that grows in presence and weight with time in the glass. Match with pork, poultry and Mediterranean fare over the next 5-6+ years. Abel and clones 5, 6, 114, 115, 667 and 777 from selected rows in Blocks 2 and 4 in the ‘Isabel’ vineyard, hand-picked, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending approx. 1 week on skins after ferment, and aged 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels. 17.5+/20 Jun 2014 RRP $34.50

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