Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ ‘Outpost’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 06-Jan-2014
Clones 5, 6 and 115 from two blocks, mid-slope from the ‘Outpost’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Very dark ruby-red colour with a deep heart and some youthful purple hues on edge. The bouquet is soft and full with brooding dark red and black berry fruit aromas, along with savoury dried herb whole cluster notes, earth and oak spices, and game-like elements. Medium-full bodied, flavours of sour dark cherries and dark red berry fruit intermingle with dark, earthy herbs and earth. The mouthfeel is vigorous and robust with up-front acidity and grainy tannin extraction featuring. Spicy oak notes and fruit sweetness unfold and add layers of interest. The palate is carried by the structure and acidity to a fulsome, textural, and lingering finish. This is a robust, structured and savoury Pinot Noir with good acid drive. Match with mushroom-influenced dishes and game meat over the next 6-8+ years. 18.5-/20 Jan 2014 RRP $58.00

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