Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 08-Oct-2013
Very full, deep, dark ruby-red colour with black-purple hues. The bouquet is full with densely packed aromas of dark red and black berry fruits along with subtle plum notes. Some floral, earth, mineral and savoury detail and complexity emerges in the glass. Medium-full bodied. Rich, ripe dark cherry and berry fruit flavours show with excellent depth and weight. Oaking is very sensitive. The flavours open and become mouthfilling, building in density and concentration. Sweet and succulent, the mouthfeel is fleshy and plump, but supported by a core of fine tannin and extract. Discreet acidity adds to the fulsome, rounded textures. The flavours lead to a moderately long finish with plum, liquorice and spicy flavours. This is a rich, succulent and fleshy Pinot Noir with ripe berry and plum flavours and good weight. Serve with pork, lamb and casseroles over the next 5-6+ years. Pinot Noir fruit clones Abel, 777, 667, 115 and 5 from vines planted in 2002, hand-picked and destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 21-28 days on skins and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Oct 2013 RRP $29.95 Very dark, deep, purple-hued, ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has an elegant and refined nose with tightly concentrated aromas of black cherries, berries and plums with lifted and fragrant violetty floral notes, spices, minerals and oak toast. Medium-full bodied, the fruit expression is a little restrained at present, but there is richness and sweetness, of black cherry and berry fruits entwined with black floral notes, minerals and nuances of oak char. The fruit and mouthfeel is enlivened by bright, lacy acidity, and supported by fine-grained tannins that grow in presence. The extraction carries the palate to a long, lingering, dry finish with nuances of violets and cherry fruit. This is a refined Pinot Noir with restrained, but vibrant black fruits and tannins that build in presence. It will develop over the next 5-6+ years. Match with poultry, pork, rabbit and Mediterranean fare. Pinot Noir fruit clones Abel, 777, 667, 115 and 5 from vines planted in 2002, hand-picked and destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 21-28 days on skins and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.0+/20 Jun 2013 RRP $29.95 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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