Jackson Estate ‘Vintage Widow’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 05-Jun-2014
Clones 777, 667, 115, 114, 5 and10/5 from the ‘Gum Emperor’ or ‘Somerset’ vineyards in the Waihopi Valley, hand-picked, destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with a large portion of whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 14 days on skins post ferment, the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak. Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, with lighter garnet hues on rim. This has a full bouquet of ripe black berry and cherry fruit aromas, along with dark plum elements, underlined by fresh herbs, earthy minerals and integrated oak, the nose building in depth with aeration. Medium-full bodied, deep and full flavours of ripe black berry fruits and plums show with juiciness, the sweetness enlivened by bright acidity. The flavours open to reveal spice and dried herb nuances, providing interest and detail. The palate follows a fine, grainy tannin line driven by a little alcohol power, carrying the fruit to a long, sustained, spicy finish. This is a full, lively and juicy Pinot Noir with driven flavours of black fruits, plums and spices. Serve with duck and pork, or with Middle Eastern fare over the next 5-6 years. 18.0/20 Jun 2014 RRP $35.00

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