Mountford ‘The Gradient’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 03-Nov-2012
From ‘The Gradient' vineyard, fermented with 100% whole bunch, the wine spending 10 days on skins and aged 20 months in 100% new French oak. Deep, garnet-hued red colour, a little lighter on rim. The bouquet features fine, intensely firm aromas of savoury red berry fruits unfolding subtle layers of complexing secondary fresh and dried herbs and an earthy underlay. Full-bodied, this is a bold, structured wine with robust tannins encasing ripe, dark red berry fruits. Alcoholic generosity adds to the presence. Layers of brown spices, earth and mushroom notes intermingle with dried herb elements. Oaking is unobtrusive, with some sinewy, spicy elements adding detail. The extraction is prominent, and the wine is robust and textural, the fulsome mouthfeel carrying through to a drying tannic finish. This is a fulsome, robust and rugged, Pinot Noir, quite complex and earthy, and will develop over the next 8-10+ years. 18.0+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $160.00

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