Nautilus ‘Four Barriques’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 02-Oct-2012
A selection of four barrels from 120 of Pinot Noir based on concentration, complexity and oak integration. Three barrels from the ‘Clay Hills' vineyard and one from the ‘Kaituna' site. The fruit was given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. Moderately deep ruby-red colour with garnet hues and a light edge. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned, but intense and powerful with packed aromas of dark red berry fruits interwoven with layers of brown spices, oak cedar and mushrooms. Full-bodied, waves of flavour unfold from the densely packed palate. Dark red fruits, berries and plums with exotic spices, and herbs, intermixed with cedar and undergrowth, all emerge and build in richness. The oaking is significant, but harmonises with the spicy profile. Very fine-grained tannins form a fine framework which is underlined by power and drive which carries the flavours to a very long and sustained finish. This is a powerful and concentrated multi-layered Pinot Noir packed with spicy flavours. Match with Middle Eastern lamb and slow-cooked meat dishes over the next 7-9 years. 19.0/20 RRP $85.00

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