Martinborough Vineyard ‘Marie Zelie’ ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 10-Jun-2017
Ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance with purple-garnet hues on the edge. The nose is very elegant and refined in expression, very tightly bound, with subtle, underlying depth and intensity, Aromas of red cherry and berry fruit are entwined with an array of red florals, dark and dried herbs and hints of whole bunch stalk. This is ethereal in expression, the aromatics blossoming in the glass unveiling nutty and toasty oak suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate features refined and elegantly proportion flavours of aromatic red cherry and berry fruits with richness, ripeness and sweetness. The fruit is lifted by florals and detailed with herbal nuances. The fruit sweetness and palate is enlivened by vibrant acidity lending freshness and vitality. The tannins are very fine-grained and powdery, lending refined textures. This has a concentrated core that shoes depth, density and linearity. This is a beautifully elegant wine with ethereal richness and flavours, and layers of delicacy. A Musigny style. This will keep a decade. Hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit, clone 10/5 from the ‘Home Block’, vines planted 1980, clone 5 from ‘Duncan’s Paddock’, planted 1985 and Abel clone from ‘Lambs End’, planted 1992, indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 24 days on skins and aged 13 months in 40% new Francois Freres and Remond oak barriques. 1,312 bottles made. 19.5-/20 Jun 2017 RRP $185.00 Moderately deep red colour with lighter garnet hues on the rim. The bouquet is refined and elegantly presented with an ethereal layer of savoury dark-red berry fruit building to show complex dark and dried herbs, earth, game and nutty oak detail. Red floral fragrances emerge to add interest. The aromatics subtly grow in volume with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a softly concentrated and gently multi-layered palate showing savoury dark-red fruits with dark and dried herbs, earth, game, undergrowth and nutty oak. Subtle red floras provide lift. The palate is harmoniously balanced with the rich, lush fruit supported by very fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction and integrated lacy acidity. The sweetness and fine textures carry to a long and sustained, vibrant finish. This is a beautifully elegant, refined, but concentrated ethereal Pinot Noir with multi-layered complexities of fruit, earth and game with subtle florals. It beas more than a passing resemblance to some Musigny wines. Serve with game meat dishes and semi-hard cheeses over the next 7-10 years. A selection of the five best barrels. Hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit, clone 10/5 from the ‘Home Block’, vines planted 1980, clone 5 from ‘Duncan’s Paddock’, planted 1985 and Abel clone from ‘Lambs End’, planted 1992, indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 24 days on skins and aged 13 months in 40% new Francois Freres and Remond oak barriques. 19.5-/20 May 2017 RRP $225.00

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