Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 08-Dec-2013
Very dark, deep, youthful ruby-red colour. This has a fresh and full nose of ripe dark plum fruit, the aromatics quite integrated and soft with wood quite harmonious. A little reductive thread is noticeable and adds a little interest and detail. Medium-bodied, the palate features fresh succulent and ripe dark berry and plum fruit flavours with good concentration. The mouthfeel is plush, with fine-grained tannins in support, and fresh acidity providing good energy and drive with the fruit richness. This is ripe, bright and approachable now, but will continue to develop more savoury complexities, over the next 5+ years. 18.5/20 Dec 2013 RRP $24.00 Clones 114, 115, 667, 777, Abel and 10/5, all Martinborough, predominantly from company vineyards, the fruit given a cold soak and mostly indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 17 days on skins and aged 10 months in French oak. Dark, deep, black-hued red colour, lighter on rim. This has a tightly bound, but intense and penetrating nose of ripe black fruits with dark herb and spice notes as well as violet-like florals. Medium-full bodied, the flavours promise to unfold and reveal more with time. There are flavours of black fruits and florals, concentrated and densely packed, and supported by fine-grained, but firm tannins. The oaking is sensitive and the youthful acidity carries the flavours on a long, lingering finish featuring spicy black fruits and hints of liquorice. This is a tightly concentrated, brooding and firmly textured Pinot Noir that needs another year to become accessible. It will then develop for another 4-5+ years. Serve with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean styled red meat dishes. 18.0-/20 Apr 2012 RRP $24.00

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