Matahiwi ‘Holly’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 12-Feb-2011
Due for release at the start of 2011, this follows the extremely successful, multi-gold medal 2008 vintage. The 2009 is made in a similar fashion to that wine, using clones 667, 5, 777, Abel and 113, given a 5-7 day cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., with temperatures up to 28-32°C, then aged for just under a year in approx. one-third new French oak barrels. Medium deep ruby red with youthful purple hues, this has an elegant nose showing perfumed dark berry fruits along with notes of liquorice and earth, as well as nuances of raisining from full-ripening. A medium-full-bodied wine, the fruit expression is soft and a little shy on palate, resulting in an elegance to the mouthfeel. The tannins are soft and supple, and the wine is fresh. Not quite as focussed as the previous vintage, this wine pleasingly grows in the glass, indicating it should come together well over the next 4-5 years. Drink with Middle Eastern and Asian duck dishes. 17.5-/20 Dec 2010 RRP $32.99

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