Martinborough Vineyard ‘Marie Zelie’ ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 09-Jun-2017
Even, pale ruby-red colour with some garnet hues, light on the rim. The bouquet is very tightly bound and elegant in presentation, showing red cherry fruit entwined with fresh and dried herbs, game, savoury undergrowth, some whole bunch stalkiness. Mushrooms, earth and secondary notes meld into the herbal spectrum. The nose has intensity, cut and firmness, the herbal base revealing more in the glass. Fullish bodied, the palate is well-structured, finely firm with fresh, lacy acidity, the flavours somewhat shy in expression. Crisp red cherry and berry fruit melded with fresh and dried herbs feature. Subtle secondary earth, game and undergrowth lend interest and complexity. The palate is bright and vigorous, the acidity lending brilliant energy and drive. The wine is essentially carried by the acidity. This will keep for another 6-8+ years, but will it lose that herbal edge? A blend of clones 5, 10/5, Abel and 115 from the ‘Home’ block, ‘Duncan’s Paddock’ and ‘Wharekauhau, indigenous yeast fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 24 days on skins and aged 16 months in 14% new French oak barriques, the wine blended and given 7 months in tank. 1,868 bottles made. 18.5-/20 Jun 2017 RRP $N/A

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