William Grace Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 12-Jul-2015
The second release of this label. 75% Abel and 25% clone 115 fruit from the ‘William Grace’ vineyard, vines planted 2009, hand-picked and fully destemmed, and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine spending 19 days on skins and aged 12 months in a 1 y.o. Francois Freres barrel. Bottled without fining or filtering. Very dark, deep, black-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with tightly bound aromas of dark red berry fruit and black cherries entwined with savoury and nutty, resinous oak elements. With aeration, dark red and violet florals, raspberry fruit, spices and liquorice emerge to offer an array of aromatics. Medium-bodied, softly sweet and gently luscious fruit flavours of dark red berries and cherries are infused with nuances of savoury dried herbs, spices and liquorice, along with nutty, resinous oak notes. The mouthfeel is lush and supple, and the fruit supported by fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction, balanced by fresh, underlying acidity. This has vibrant juiciness and good aromatic lift as the wine leads to a soft, dry-textured, spicy, nutty finish. This is a medium-bodied Pinot Noir with soft, lusciously juicy fruit and savoury, resinous oak elements and a fine-textured palate. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. 21 dozen made. 18.0-/20 Jul 2015 RRP $45.00 Very full, dark red colour, youthful. The nose is bright and lifted with aromatic red berry fruit, with good ripeness. Some liquorice and funky peppery elements and sweet oak notes show. On palate quite lush, juicy and sweet fruited, still quite primary with raspberryish fruit, savoury spice notes and funky sour cherry elements. The acidity is fresh, lacy and lively and tannins grainy and firm. There’s an easy fleshiness here. Is this a little too funky? 5+ years. Abel and 115 clone, planted at 10,000 vines/ha, destemmed. 18.0/20 Oct 2014 RRP $45.00

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