Mount Riley ‘Seventeen Valley’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 27-Aug-2013
Moderately full, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues. This has a full and rich nose of ripe dark raspberry fruits along with notes of cherry liqueur, dark spices and a little oak toast. Medium-full bodied, concentrated, rich and luscious fruit flavours of dark raspberries form a deep core. This is primary in expression, with nuances of dark herbs and oak emerging in glass. The fruit is encased by very fine-grained tannins, and the extraction provides considerable structure and depth. The palate is very well-balanced, between fruit richness and textural mouthfeel, with fresh, lacy acidity resulting in tension and drive. The flavours lead to an elegant, dry finish with spiced red berry fruits. This is a tightly concentrated Pinot Noir with rich and ripe raspberry fruit flavours and serious, refined structure. Match with pork and lamb dishes, and Mediterranean fare over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 5, 777 and 115 from the ‘Seventeen Valley’ and ‘Waihopi’ vineyards, hand-picked, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels. 18.5/20 Aug 2013 RRP $32.99

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