Murdoch James ‘Blue Rock Single Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 27-Jul-2015
Very dark coloured, ruby-red with black at heart, some garnet on edge. The bouquet is full, open and broad, with real depth. The fruit has cooler spectrum expression, herbs, stalks and stems alongside red berry fruits. Complex secondary dried herb, undergrowth, and tertiary mushroom and earth aromas pervade. Spicy green berry and red berry fruits form the base on palate, with waves of more subtle savoury and earthy flavours. The extraction significant, and the acidity quite active, bringing freshness and energy to the mouthfeel. Showing the cooler 2010 aspects, and still very lively on palate. Reductive to some taters. 17.0-/20 Jul 2015 RRP $N/A 40% Abel clone from 25 y.o. vines, 20% 114 from 12 y.o. vines, the remainder 115, 667 and 777 from the ‘Blue Rock' vineyard, fully destemmed and fermented partially with indigenous yeasts to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 30% new French oak. Dark, deep ruby-red colour with some garnet hues on the rim. The nose is full of bright and vibrant dark red berry and cherry fruits, lifted with violetty florals, fresh herbs and minerals. Some resiny oak notes and sulphide reduction is present at this youthful stage. Medium-full bodied, the lively fruit flavours of dark red berries and cherries are enlivened by excellent acidity, which provides tension and energy through the palate. Fine tannin textures and a smooth mouthfeel feature, but a little bitterness from the reduction is present. The vitality of the wine will enable this to keep, and the sulphides should be absorbed to become complexity over the next 5-7 years. Serve with duck and pork. 17.5/20 Nov 2011 RRP $39.00

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