Mon Cheval Pinot Noir 2011, North Canterbury

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 31-May-2021
Deep ruby-red with a tinge of garnet, good transparency, slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and captivating; aromas of savoury development enriched cherries, dried cranberries; dried thyme, five-spice, soy, old rose petals, and smoke unfold; complex and mealy. Medium-full bodied, the palate has concentrated aromas of cherries, dried cranberries; savoury, game, smoke fills the palate, complexing nuances of dried thyme, black pepper, liquorice, old roses enriched senses. The palate is packed with secondary development; there is concentration and strength in the flavours, showing vitality. Balanced acidity flows on a fine-textured, silky palate; smoky black tea fragrance lingers to a long, satisfying finish. The intensity and strength will carry the wine further with development and enjoyment. Match with wild board and smoked duck over the next 8+ years. Fruit sourced from home vineyard at Weka Pass, clones UCD5, 115, 10/5, 777 and 667, fermented to 13.5% alc, aged 18 months in oak, approx 33% new oak. Unfined, unfiltered. 19/20 pts (95 pts) May 2021 RRP $50

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