The Elder Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 02-Dec-2014
Darkish ruby-red, lighter on edge. The bouquet is soft and very finely presented with fresh and bright aromatic red berry and cherry fruit, lifted by red floral perfumes. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly constructed with bright and fresh red berry and cherry fruit flavours. Some spicy oak and subtle notes of fresh dark herbs add detail. This has good concentration, the palate supported by fine-grained tannins and fresh, lacy acidity. Elegance, freshness and vitality with good primary fruit expression will see this go 5-6+ years. This has come into itself over the last year and a half. 18.0+/20 Nov 2014 RRP $N/A Clones 5, 115 and Abel from the ‘Hanson’ vineyard, hand-picked and destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 9 months in 11% new French oak. Moderately deep ruby-red colour with light garnet-red hues on rim. The bouquet is fresh, fragrant and elegant with aromas of dark red cherry and berry fruit with red florals and subtle notes of dark, savoury herbs. Medium-full bodied, bright dark cherry and red berry fruit flavours show with freshness, enlivened by fine, lacy acidity. Some oak spices and dark herb detail adds interest. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction in good balance and harmony with the fruit weight, and flows to a refreshing, delicately spicy finish. This is a bright, fresh and aromatic cherry-fruited Pinot Noir with fine tannin structure. Match with firm-fleshed seafood, poultry and pork, as well as fine Asian cuisine over the next 5-6 years. 18.0-/20 Aug 2013 RRP $67.95

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