Pegasus Bay ‘Prima Donna’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 02-Dec-2015
Dark, even ruby-red colour with lighter garnet hues on the edge. The bouquet is full and softly ethereal with interwoven layers of savoury dark red berry fruits melded with dried herbs, whole cluster stalk suggestions, game, truffles and undergrowth, with cedary oak and floral elements. The nose is harmoniously integrated and has excellent density. Medium-full bodied, the palate features harmonious and seamless layers of subtle flavours of sweet and savoury red fruits, entwined with dried herbs, game, florals and cedar. This is sweetly rich and detailed and the palate follows a seamlessly packed core and line, with fine-grained tannins and gentle acidity, carrying through to a concentrated, long, lingering, velvety finish. This is a seamlessly smooth, rich and complex layered Pinot Noir with a full array of sweet and savoury secondary interest. Match with slow-cooked game meat over the next 5-6+ years. Multi-clone fruit from vines approx. 30 y.o., many ungrafted, indigenous yeast fermented with a high proportion of whole berries and 10% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 40% new French oak barriques. 19.0/20 Dec 2015 RRP $90.00

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