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Cloudy Bay - Pinot Noir 2016


Cloudy Bay

Pinot Noir 2016

Marlborough, New Zealand


Another present from New Zealand, another beautiful Pinot Noir. The grape skins were gently plunged with an average of 18 days skin contact. After fermentation the wines were matured in French oak for 12 months, of which 35% was new. Cheers!


Appearance

In the glass the wine has a noble garnet colour. The intensity is pale.


Nose

The aromas intensity is pronounced. It is a blaze of red fruits, especially sour cherry and cranberry. The hint of eucalyptus makes the aromatic palette fresher. The secondary aroma of clove is really deep and sharp. There are also notes of charred wood, tobacco, cedar and dark chocolate. As tertiary the overwhelming flavour is the farmyard, a raw leather and game.


Palate

In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are high as well, leaving a beatiful sensation on the palate. The flavour intensity is pronounced and the aromas linger in the mouth for a while. The fruits are riper and the farmyard even more intense, with an hint of coffee on the final.


Conclusion

This nectar is well made and ticks all the boxes. The only drawback is my opinion is the strength of the farmyard flavour that dominates the aromatic palette, keeping all the other fragrances quite subdue. It is perfect with meat and charcuterie, but it is quite good also by its own if you like the countryside perfumes.


Final vote: 91


Price: £33 on majestic.co.uk