Tohu Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 14-Feb-2011
As a Villa Maria winemaker, Bruce Taylor took great interest in Pinot Noir. This wine is the promise of even better things to come. Soft, light, even ruby red with youthful purple hues to the colour, this has a fresh, vibrantly fruity nose of bright dark cherry and raspberry aromas, still in a primary phase, and a little oak resin showing also. On palate, the fruit is as penetrating as on the bouquet with its intensity. The sweetness and juiciness of the fruit is enhanced by racy acidity which lends tension and tautness. Supple, fine tannins back the fruit, and will be the structure enabling 5-6+ years of drinking enjoyment. Made from clones 667, 777, 5, and 115 from Tohu's Waihopi and Awatere vineyards, the fruit fully destemmed and given a cold soak before fermentation to 13.5% alc, the temperature peaking at 34°C. The wine was aged 10 months in French barriques. 18.0-/20 Dec 2010 RRP $27.95

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