Starborough ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 27-Sep-2015
Clones 115, 667 and 777, 75% of the fruit from ‘O’Dwyers Farm’, Rapaura, and 25% from the ‘Long Lane’ vineyard, Awatere, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 35% new French oak barriques. Dark, deep ruby-red colour with lighter garnet hues on the edge. This has a full, up-front and open nose of dark raspberry fruit with subtle layers of black cherries and herbal notes, along with lifted red florals and savoury raspberry compote from whole berry fermentation. Medium-full bodied, the palate features fresh and lively flavours of dark raspberries, the fruit with sweetness, enlivened by crisp, lacy acidity. The fruit is supported by moderate tannin extraction and grip, and the wine has positive alcoholic power and drive. Savoury herb and gentle jammy elements emerge, and the wine is carried by the tannins and acidity to a lingering, dry finish. This is a fresh, lively and up-front, juicy Pinot Noir with raspberryish fruit, moderate extraction and some underlying power. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ years. 17.5+/20 Sep 2015 RRP $28.00

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