Tongue in Groove Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 14-Jul-2014
Even ruby-red colour with lighter garnet hues on rim. This has a full, soft and rich nose of savoury dark red berry fruits complexed by dried herb and stalk whole bunch layers, and nuances of game and undergrowth. Some earth and seasoned oak elements add to the interest. Medium-bodied, full, soft and lusciously juicy flavours of savoury red fruits are interwoven with herb, earth, undergrowth and game-like nuances. The flows smoothly and the mouthfeel is mellow with fine-grained tannin extraction and light lacy acidity in support. This has good presence and positive drive, and the palate carries to a rich, lush, savoury flavoured finish. This is a full, soft-textured, complex and layered Pinot Noir with savoury flavours. Match with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the clay-influenced ‘Cabal’ and gravelly ‘Smith’ vineyards, indigenous yeast fermented, the ‘Cabal’ portion with 20% whole clusters and 40% whole berries, the ‘Smith’ portion only with whole berries, to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barrels. 18.0+/20 Jul 2014 RRP $45.00

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