Palliser Estate ‘The Great Hector’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 26-Dec-2014
The seventh in the ‘Great Dog’ series, named after the pure breed Labrador ‘Hector’ belonging to Hew Blair of Justerini & Brooks, Palliser Estate’s U.K. distributor. Hector lived to the ripe old age of 16 years. Eight casks selected and blended, the wine made from clones 115, 667 and 777 from the ‘East Base’ (Pencarrow) vineyard from vines planted in 1998 and 1999, indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine on skins 16-19 days and aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barriques. Dark ruby-red colour with a deep-heart, a little lighter on edge with youthful purple hues. This has a full and rounded nose with real volume and depth of ripe dark red and black berry fruits along with plush, sweet plum notes entwined with waves of violet perfumes, liquorice and exotic spices. Nuances of savoury whole bunch dried herbs and oak unfold adding complexing interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich, succulent and layered with flavours of ripe dark berry fruits, savoury and spicy plums, unfolding layers of liquorice and toasty oak. The fruit richness and soft lusciousness shows with great presence and is supported by considerable extraction, the tannins very refined and satin-like. This has a concentrated, fine-textured core and line that carries to a long, flavoursome finish of plums, spices and oak. This is a very rich, luscious and juicy Pinot Noir with spicy plum flavours, exotic oak, and considerable fine tannin structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 7-9+ years. 19.5/20 Dec 2014 RRP $108.00

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