Martinborough Vineyard ‘Marie Zelie’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2006

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 09-Jun-2017
Very dark, very deep hearted blackish red colour with slight garnet hues, a little lighter edged. The bouquet is very full, softly solid with concentrated and well-packed aromas of dark-red berry fruit, with hints of plums, showing wonderful ripeness, without excesses, layered with complexing dark and dried herbs, and beautifully refined and lifted dark-red floral lift. This exudes richness, ripeness and youth. Full-bodied, the palate is rich, plush and fulsome with a rounded heart of ripe dark-red berry fruits with suggestions of plums, dried herbs, liquorice and spices, a little fruit-cake even, the richness and sweetness underlined by very soft, fine-grained tannin structure. And piquant acid detail. The richness, roundness and intensity has a balancing poise, and the wine flows to a full, very long, sustained, vigorous finish. The richness, weight, and robustness are match by vigour and style. Near perfection in the riper style. Clones 5, 10/5 and Abel from the ‘Home’ block, ‘Duncan’s Paddock’ and the ‘Brewery’ block, indigenous yeast fermented with 20% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 20-21 days on skins and 10 months in 50% new French oak Winemaker: Claire Mulholland. 984 bottles made. 19.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $N/A Martinborough Vineyard ‘Marie Zelie' Martinborough Pinot Noir 2006 (17.5+/20), deep ruby red in colour with some garnet on edge. On bouquet the ripe fruit somewhat hidden by sweet vanillin oak notes, this dominating. This appealed on palate with its sweet, plush, ripe fruit, this being prominent over the structure at present. However, the length was impressive.  Oct 2010

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