Schubert ‘Block B’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 03-Dec-2016
Light ruby-red with slight garnet hues, a little lighter on the edge. This has a refined, tightly concentrated and intense nose, showing densely packed dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit in an amalgam of dark herbs and nutty oak nuances. This is primary in expression, brooding and layers yet to unfold are showing. The palate has concentration, depth and presence, with a dense core of black and dark-red berry fruits and subtle dark herb nuances. The oaking is wonderfully integrated and absorbed by the fruit. The fruit is supported by fine-grained extraction and structure, the acidity soft, ripe and balanced. This clearly has the potential to reveal much more, and complex development will follow. ‘Masculinity’ maybe a bit too strong descriptor, but this has power and substance. Based on Dijon clones 115, 667, 777, 114 and 115 from ‘Marion’s Vineyard’ fully destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 45% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Dec 2016 RRP $65.00

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