Johanneshof ‘Maybern Single Vineyard Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 14-Feb-2012
Dijon clone fruit from 7 y.o. vines from the 30° ‘Maybern' site overlooking the cellars, destemmed with a small portion of whole clusters, wild yeast fermented to 13.5% alc, the wine aged 18 months in 30% new oak. ‘Maybern' is a tribute to May and Bernard, Warwick's parents. Light garnet-hued red colour with a little bricking on the pale edge. The bouquet is light and ethereal with complex aromas of sappy, soft red fruits, dried herbs, game and savoury brackish elements. Medium bodied, this is tightly constructed with intensity and fine-grained, but firm tannins featuring on the palate. The flavours are in the savoury red berry fruit spectrum, complexed by notes of brown spices, dried herbs and earth. A little resiny oak is noticeable. Acidity drives the palate line and adds to the firm and tight style. This savoury, firm, but elegantly proportioned Pinot Noir will benefit from another 2 years cellaring. Then drink over the next 4-5+ years with mushroom and game dishes. 17.5/20 Feb 2012 RRP $46.00

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