The Ned Southern Valleys Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 15-Aug-2014
Fruit from the ‘Benmorven’ and ‘Slopes’ vineyards in the Southern Valleys, fully-destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented with a portion of whole berries to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in seasoned 500 L puncheons. Moderately dark, deep ruby-red colour, lighter on rim. The nose is light with fresh and youthful primary fruit aromas of red berries and cherries, along with subtle herbal nuances. The aromatics are subdued by a little reduction, but with aeration, raspberry liqueur and lifted herbs emerge. Medium-full bodied, light, bright and upfront fruit flavours of dark red cherries and raspberries for a sweet core. The palate features soft acidity, and fine-grained sinewy tannins which envelop the fruit, providing good presence, carrying the wine. As the wine flows, the fruit recedes, allowing the extract lead to a lightly nuanced finish. This is an up-front red-berry fruited Pinot Noir with the structure prevailing at present. Give it a few months to come more into balance. Match with pasta, risotto, duck and pork over the next 4 years. 16.5+/20 Aug 2014 RRP $25.00

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