Johner Estate ‘Moonlight’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 20-Sep-2013
Dark ruby-red colour with good depth, some garnet hues and lighter on rim. The bouquet is gentle and full with up-front aromas of savoury dark plums with attractive dried herb, stalk and undergrowth interest. Medium-bodied, lush and juicy flavours of savoury strawberries and red cherries are entwined with earthy elements. The palate has a good core with soft density that unfolds dried herb and undergrowth notes. Fresh, lacy acidity enlivens the mouthfeel, and supple, mellow tannins provide the background framework, with a little alcohol warmth noticeable. The acidity and the alcohol carry the flavours to a sustained, juicy finish. This is a juicy, savoury, up-front Pinot Noir with dried herb interest and a warm, racy mouthfeel. Serve with charcuterie and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4 years. Burgundian clone fruit from younger vines, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins and aged 12 months in seasoned French oak barriques. 16.5/20 Sep 2013 RRP $22.00

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