Vavasour Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 05-Nov-2017
Ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with good volume of ripe, dark-red berry and cherry fruit with raspberry notes, and a fine thread of dark herbs and subtle whole bunch stalk, unfolding a little savoury earthiness. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with good depth of dark-red berry fruit entwined with black cherry notes and suggestions of herbs and whole bunch stalk complexities. The fruit is rich with moderate depth, fine concentration and balanced, fine-grained tannin structure and soft acidity. As the wine flows, nuances of spice and savoury earth emerge and carry to a soft, ethereal finish. This is an elegant and well-proportioned Pinot Noir with dark-red berry and cherry fruit, fine herbal and spicy-earthy notes on a fine-textured palate. Match with pork, veal and beef dishes over the next 5-6 years. 100% Awatere Valley fruit, clones 115, 667, 5, 113 and 777, hand-picked, given a 10 day cold soak and fermented with 20% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $30.00 Dark, even ruby-red colour with light purple hues and some depth, lighter edged. This has an elegantly concentrated nose with aromas of ripe dark-red and black-berried fruit along with spicy dark herbs and notes of liquorice and nutty oak. The nose has good intensity and unfolds some subtle resinous oak detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a richly concentrated core of dark-red berry and black cherry fruit entwined with liquorice, plum and dark herb notes, along with some nutty oak. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin structure that forms a refined lime with integrated acidity. The wine flows with positive energy to a restrained, but lingering finish of dark-red and black fruits and flavours of liquorice. This is a well-concentrated, rich Pinot Noir with dark-red and black fruits on a fine-grained palate with good drive and energy. Match with duck and pork, and beef and lamb dishes over the next 5-6 years. Clones 115, 777, 5, 114 and 667 from the Awatere Valley, the fruit hand-picked and fermented with approx. 20% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 5-10 days on skins post ferment and aged10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 18.0/20 May 2017 RRP $31.00

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