Urlar Gladstone Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 14-Feb-2011
Does the wider Wairarapa behave similarly in vintage expression? The general belief is ‘yes'. If so, there will be a great debate over whether 2008 or 2009 is the better vintage. For Angus Thomson and Guy McMaster, 2009 is the preferred, as the 2008 warmth gave a bigger, more powerful wine. Size isn't everything… Deepish, purple-hued ruby red, this has a refined, tight aromatic nose of enticingly sweet and ripe red berry fruits with dark fruit and oak spices adding interest. The perfumed expression is reinforced on the palate. Fine and elegantly proportioned, this has intensity and concentration with real refinement that belies the 14.5% alc. Fine-grained tannins lend suppleness and this allows the fruit to feature. The 25% new French barrique maturation is perfect and will add shine over the next 5-7 years. Roast duck will be the best food match. 18.5+/20 Nov 2010 RRP $36.65

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