Whitehaven ‘Greg’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 19-Sep-2012
Dark, deep ruby-red colour, near full, with some purple hues on edge. The nose is softly voluminous with aromas of ripe dark raspberry fruit and plums, gentle oak spices and some complexing earthy, minerally notes. Full-bodied, softly mouthfilling flavours of rich dark berry fruits and oak are underlined by crisp acidity. The tannin extraction builds and becomes prominent, providing serious structure to the palate. This is firm, solid and weighty, the texture encasing the fruit and carrying through to a long finish, which reveals spicy fruit and oak elements. This full-bodied and well-structured Pinot Noir will develop to show more of its ripe fruit flavours over the next 6-7+ years. Match with Middle Eastern lamb dishes. The ‘Greg' range of wines is dedicated to Greg White, the late founder of Whitehaven. Fruit from the Johns vineyard in the Brancott Valley, hand-picked and destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.5% alc. The wine was aged 16 months in French oak barriques. 18.0-/20 Sep 2012 RRP $44.90

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