Greystone for BBR
Pinot Noir 2018
North Canterbury, New Zealand
After the hand-picked harvest, .a portion of the Pinot Noir grapes was fermented in the vineyard and blended in the winery. Then it was pressed into French oak barrels and matured for 10 months before estate bottling without fining. Cheers!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour, with some garnet hues. The intensity is medium.
The aromas intensity is medium. There are hints of ripe raspberry, sour cherry, black pepper and elegant dry flowers. Despite the young age, the tertiary aromas are quite net at the nose, especially the farmyard, a fine leather, earth and coffee. The aromatic palette is not really vibrant and lively, but rather than stale.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The alcohol is medium (13%). The tannins are medium plus, they are silky and rounded. The flavour intensity is medium plus, with virile hints of charred wood, black pepper, toast and cloves. The lasting is medium.
I am not impressed with this nectar, despite it is balanced and has a nice intensity. At the nose looks to be quite tired, and even at the palate does not express vivacity. Nevertheless, a nice palette of secondary aromas, among which the charred wood and toast stand out, pleases the tasting buds. To our senses it appears to be older than it actually is. I prefer it much more with the food than at the pre dinner warming up.
Final vote: 87
Price: £18.95 at Berry Bros and Rudd