Schubert ‘Marion’s Vineyard’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 08-Jan-2016
Garnet-red colour with a lighter rim. The nose is very finely presented with good depth and intensity of strawberry and red berry fruit aromas lifted by red floral detail and harmoniously melded with subtle and complexing dried herb and savoury earthy layers. The nose grows in concentration with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with a fine and firm core of savoury strawberry and red berry fruits. Layers of dried herbs and earthy flavours unfold, but the palate has fruit sweetness and aromatic red florals to balance. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing and the tannin structure is refined and supple, and the acidity integrated. Some underlying alcohol power provides drive, carrying the wine to a linger finish with sweet fruit and savoury herb nuances. This is an elegant, refined and supple Pinot Noir, beginning to show some harmoniously integrated secondary complexities. The wine has a Beaune-like expression. Match with wild duck and pork, and with mushroom dishes over the next 5-6 years. Hand-picked fruit, predominantly Pommard and Abel clones, from the 12.5 ha ‘Marion’s Vineyard’ in Dakins Road, Gladstone, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine on skins for 3 weeks and aged 18 months in 35% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Jan 2016 RRP $48.00

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