Mon Cheval Le Char Pinot Noir 2010, North Canterbury

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 31-May-2021
Deep ruby-black with a tinge of garnet, lighter on the rim. The nose is gently full and comforting, enticing aromas of dried cherries, prune, ginseng melded with integrated spices and subtle gamey complexity. Medium-full bodied, velvety and concentrated the palate showing a savoury toned nuance of mushrooms, and forest floor interweave liquorice, ginseng underlying dried cherries, prune, along with cinnamon and cloves linger to a very long, complexed closing. The wine has strength and depth, displaying on a condensed, weighty mouthfeel with a creamy, velvety texture. Savoury complexity added interest to an already complete wine. Fine-grained tannin is integrated and supple along with lacy acidity, provide immense pleasure. The development is evident as an 11-year-old wine, but there's plenty of time ahead with the support of intensity and length. This is an enticing Pinot Noir packed with complex development, concentration and strength, full of beautiful flavours to be discovered. Match with pigeon with truffle sauce and roasted duck over the next 5+ years. Clones UCD5, 115, 10/5, 777 and 667, fermented to 14%, aged in oak for 18 months, approx 1/3 new oak, unfined and unfiltered. 19.5-/20pts (97 pts) May 2021 RRP $70

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