Nautilus Estate ‘Clay Hills Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 13-Sep-2016
Bright ruby-red colour with some depth, paler on the edge with slight purple hues. The nose is softly full and voluminous with ethereal aromas of ripe, dark-red berry fruits, dark plums and subtle notes of dark herbs, whole bunch stalk detail, and savoury earthy elements. The aromatics grow in depth and density, unfolding layers of richness and detail with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a softly rich and concentrated core unfolding layers of flavours, showing ripe, savoury red berry and plum fruit melded with dark herbs, complexing whole bunch elements, earth and nuances of undergrowth and mushrooms. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, supple tannin structure lending a refined, textual grip, with integrated, soft, ripe acidity. The wine carries to a long, softly packed finish of savoury dark-red fruits and herbs. This is a full, complex, mouthfilling, layered Pinot Noir with dark berry and plum flavours and savoury herb and undergrowth notes on a supple palate. Serve with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 5-6 years. Clone 5, 115 and 777 fruit from the ‘Clay Hills’ vineyard, Southern Valleys, from vines 15 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 33% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Sep 2016 RRP $68.00

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