Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 29-Apr-2013
Clones 5, 115, 777. 667 and 114 from the ‘Barnsley’ and ‘Lawson’s’ vineyards in the Waihopi Valley, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 25% new French oak barriques. Even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. A little lighter on rim. The nose is intensely penetrating and tightly packed with primary aromas of ripe dark berry fruits, black cherries, spicy oak and violetty fragrances, unfolding nuances of liquorice, plums and a hint of complexing reduction. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, the flavours of dark berry fruit and black cherries are packed and concentrated. The fruit is supported by fine-grained extraction and bright, crisp acidity forming an energetic and lively palate line. This has the firmness of youth, with oak notes emerging and carrying through to a long and sustained finish with spicy black cherry flavours. This is a tight and linear, youthful Pinot Noir with intense black fruits and raciness. Serve with duck, pork and veal dishes over the next 5-7 years. 18.0+/20 Apr 2013 RRP $28.00

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