Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir Aged Release 2011, Waipara

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 27-Apr-2021
Deep, ruby-red with a garnet hue, lighter on the rim. The nose is poised and softly full with intensity, fragrance of red blossoms, candied hibiscus melded with semi-dried plums, cherry liqueur, unveil layers of cinnamon, cloves spices, earth and dried shiitake. Medium-full bodied, savoury aromas of earth, dried shiitake leading the palate, unfolding spices of cinnamon, cloves, liquorice roots melded with a core of semi-dried plums, cherry liqueur linger with candied hibiscus to a long, sustained finish. The fruit has density and intensity, developing savoury spices, mushroom, and earthy complexity broaden the palate with multiple layers, full of interest. Fine-grained, silky tannin contributed to an elegant structure frame. Powerful palate supported by alcohol and integrated acidity; secondary savoury elements elevated with sweet fruit. This is an elegantly structured Pinot Noir with graceful development of fragrance dried fruit, savoury complexity and power. Match with tea braised pork belly and duck confit over the next 5-8 years. Multi-clone fruit from ungrafted vines up to 30-year-old, destemmed, given an ambient soak and indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole berries to 14% alc, the wine aged 18 months in 30% new French ok barriques. 19+/20 (96 pts) Apr 2021 RRP $120  

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