Pegasus Bay ‘Prima Donna’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 05-Aug-2013
Fruit of around a dozen different clones, many from 25 y.o. ungrafted vines, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole berries to 14.0% alc., the wine spending two weeks on skins after ferment and aged 18 months in 40% new French oak barriques. Very full, dark, deep, black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The bouquet is full, dense and concentrated with aromas of ripe dark berry fruits, black cherries and dark plums, revealing layers of detail with liquorice, spices, herbs and oak. Full-bodied, rich waves of savoury dark berry and cherry fruit flavours unfold on the palate, along with fragrant spice notes and herbs. The fruit is mouthfilling, and supported by considerable extract, the tannins very fine and supple. There is good acidity and energy, and the liveliness is enhanced by alcohol power, carrying the flavours to a lush, open, fine-textured finish with liquorice and plum notes. This is a full, rich and layered Pinot Noir with fine textures and good power. Match with slow cooked game meat dishes and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years. 19.0-/20 Aug 2013 RRP $84.00

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