Pinot Noir 2013
Marlborough, New Zealand
This nectar comes from Marlborough in the south island. The grapes are hand picked and indigenous yeast fermented with 10% whole clusters. The wine spent 21-18 days on skins and slept for 18 months in French oak (40% new wood). Cheers!
In the glass the wine has an elegant and lively ruby colour. The intensity is medium to deep.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. The redcurrant and sharp notes of maraschino cherry hit immediately the nostrils. A refreshing breeze of eucalyptus, a fragrance of violet and a wild hint of grass give more sprint to the aromatic bouquet. As secondary, we find a touch of cinnamon, a noble cedar, and toast. Despite it has already some years on the shoulder, the nectar has just delicate leather as tertiary note.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are incredibly rounded and smoothed. They perfectly polish the teeth, without leaving a sharp astringent sensation on the palate. The flavour intensity and lasting are medium plus. The red fruits are riper, with also notes of stewed red plum, dry cranberry and a sprinkle of spices.
It is a charming feminine nectar, with delicate fragrance of red fruits and violet. All the flavours are whispered but bewitched our senses for quite sometimes. I would have expected more complexity and more developed tertiary aromas. Nevertheless, I really enjoy every sip!
Final vote: 91
Price: £32.95 at Berry Bros & Rudd