Palliser Estate ‘The Great Marco’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 19-Mar-2012
The fifth release in ‘The Great Dog' series of ultra-premium Pinot Noirs from Palliser Estate. Clone 777 and 667 fruit from vines planted in 1998 and 2000 in the ‘East Base' vineyard (aka the ‘Pencarrow' vineyard), fully destemmed and given an ambient soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.2% alc. The wine was matured 16 months in 60% new oak. Very dark, very deep, black-red with purple hues to the colour. The nose is densely packed with dark cherry-berry fruit and plums, with complex layers of toasty, charry oak, dark violet florals, dark herbs and Asian spices unfolding forming an intricate and ever-changing array of aromas. Medium-full bodied, this is hugely concentrated with flavours of very ripe dark berry and plum fruit and masses of spice, liquorice, oak toast, smoke and char. The palate is densely textured from serious extraction, the tannins fine-grained, but more than matched by the opulence and richness of the fruit. This has power with energy, good acidity adding to the fruit succulence, and the wine has a very concentrated and very long finish. A majestic, rich wine of heroic proportions, packed with ripe fruit and layers of spices and oak, yet with the structure to last 8-10+ years. Serve with slow cooked game meat dishes. 19.5/20 Mar 2012 RRP $98.00

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