Urlar Pinot Noir 2009, Wairarapa

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 23-Jun-2020
Clear, medium dark-ruby with a brick red hue, lighter on edge. The nose is lifted with alcohol power, exhibiting developed flavours of cooked plums, gamey notes along with medicinal herbs and an iodine tone. Medium-bodied, the palate is soft with strength and breadth. Mellowed cooked plums, entwined with savoury gaminess, a strong presence of medicinal herbs, liquorice roots lead to a dry finish. The warming alcohol power lifted spices and Sichuan pepper note, left a prickly sensation. Balanced acidity, mellowed with time; supported by a softened, fine-grained tannin structure. Flavours are concentrated with breadth, linger to a sustained finish. This is a well-developed Pinot Noir with grace and power, with a concentrated core of cooked plums, medicinal and gamey development. Drink now to over the next 2 years with Chinese pork stew. Handpicked, each clone fermented separately in traditionally oak cuves to 14.5% alc and cold-soaked. Aged in French oak barriques, 25% new oak. 18.5/20 pts June 2020 RRP $45

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