Pegasus Bay Reserve Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2016, Waipara

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 03-Jul-2020
Dark, medium ruby-red with a black hue, slightly lighter on edge. The nose is gently powerful with lightly cooked red plums and cherries, dark herbs, entwined with earth and gamey development, along with savoury element, and warm oak spices. Medium-bodied, the palate is full of energy with flavours of lightly cooked red plums and cherries, dark herbs; unfolding earthy mushroom, sweet liquorice roots. Along with gamey, earth element; accompanied by savoury and warming oak spices linger to a long and sustained finish. The flavours are with depth and concentration. The fruit nuances of red plums and cherries, lightly cook, still has its crunch with a softened edge. The acid is full of energy but un-intrusive, showing the wine with support and length, along with the alcohol power. The tannin is powdery and fine-grained, providing soft grip with structure, contributed the age-worthiness of this wine, carries some warm oak spices with an elegant presence. Flavours are integrated with harmony, complex and powerful yet gentle and elegant in presence with its development. A Prima Donna that's worthy of your attention. Match with venison and lamb grill over the next 8-10 years. Only made in exceptional years, best barrels selection. Approx 1/3 whole bunch, fermented in vats to 14% alc. Aged in French oak barriques for 18 months, 45% new oak. 19.5/20 pts July 2020 RRP $100

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