Vynfields Martinborough ‘Mad Rooster’ 2009

Other Red from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 08-Sep-2011
This is the only commercial bottling of the ‘Mad Red' variety 100% unblended. It was introduced to the Martinborough district as Syrah, but now known not to be the case, but rather a hybrid cross in probability. Vynfields employ gentle Pinot Noir vinification techniques; total destemming and fermentation to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 12 months in seasoned French oak. Dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, this has a full, solid, but soft bouquet of presence, but with reticent aromatics of dark red berry fruits with a little savoury earth and cinnamon spiciness. Dry and full-bodied, this has restrained, dark spiced plum and red berry fruit flavours framed in a vinous, fulsome and mouthfilling palate with good extraction, rounded tannins and low acidity. The finish is full and with some length. The flavour spectrum is more classical vinifera, making this a good match with hearty casserole and roasted red meat dishes as well as firmer cheeses over the next 4-5+ years. 17.5-/20 Sep 2011 RRP $34.50 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade', the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews' operates

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