Testify by Daniel Brennan Pinot Noir 2018, Martinborough

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 27-Jan-2021
Clear, light density ruby-black, lighter edged. The nose is fragrant, elegantly presented, aromas of cedar, melded with black cherries, liquorice, spices and a hint of minty herbs, underlying deep floral. Medium-bodied, aromas of black cherries intermix prune and blackberries; flavours are supple and lengthy, slowly unveiling floral fragrance, black liquorice, along with baking spices. The wine has a sense of purity, poised in shape but underlying power and intensity, unfolding more profound aromatics as the wine opens, chase a savoury, mushroom path. Delicate, supple tannin supported by integrated acidity, lends an elegantly lingering finish. This is an alluring, delicate Pinot Noir with underlying power and supple tannin palate, unfolds its layers as a reward of patience. Match with pigeon stuffed with foie gras and roasted quails over the next 6+ years. Pinot Noir from a dry-farmed single vineyard in Martinborough, barrel selections, mainly clones 667, 777 and some clone 5, half of which are planted on their own roots. Handpicked over 3 weeks, hand-sorted, 5% - 40% whole bunch ferments in various vats, 14% alc.  Aged in French oak barriques for 11 months approx, 25% new oak. Unfined. Further aged in bottle for 17 months. 19-/20 pts (95 pts) Jan 2021 RRP $65  

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