Te Kairanga ‘John Martin’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 20-Nov-2016
Dark, even ruby-red colour with some depth and youthful, light purple hues on the edge. The nose is full with rich and deeply concentrated aromas of black cherry and dark-red berry fruits entwined with dark plum notes, savoury herbs, a hint of stalk fragrance and violet florals, and nuances of game and earth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is broad and mouthfilling with flavours of ripe dark cherry and berry fruit, and plums, melded with dark herbs, unfolding piquant stalk and floral aromatics and nutty oak. Some game and earth detail adds complexity. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained, flowery tannins and integrated acidity providing plenty of structure and presence. The structure carries the wine to a full, gently aromatic, sustained finish with nutty and herb nuances. This is a full, gently mouthfilling Pinot Noir with ripe dark berry and plum flavours with complexing layers of herbs, oak and a little savoury detail on a fine-grained, well-structured palate. Serve with game meat and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Hand-picked fruit, 64% Abel, 16% clone 5, 14% clone 13 and 3% each clone 6 and 115, from 66% ‘McLeod’, and 34% ‘Home’ vineyards, fermented with 12% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Nov 2016 RRP $49.00

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