Medium red. A sexy touch of reduction to the complex aromas of raspberry, strawberry, mocha and flint. Fat, plush and sweet but with a firm edge to the flavors of raspberry and smoky minerality. Still rather reduced in the mouth and in need of a bit more clarity and thrust. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins and good length. (ST)
Notes of wood toast and herbal tea are present on the fresh and cool cherry, raspberry and underbrush-scented aromas. Here too there is a highly attractive mouth feel to the sleek and vibrant middle weight flavors that possess a hint of youthful austerity on the dusty finale.
This grows in a vineyard in the foothills of the Southern Valleys of Wairau, a densely planted site farmed organically on silt loams, clay and fractured stone. The fruit has a coolness that one taster compared to alpine Pinot Noir from Alto Adige, savory, spicy and bold, with a juicy texture over brash, meaty tannins. A Pinot for the dark meat of roast turkey.
Giesen's 2013 Single Vineyard Selection Ridge Block Pinot Noir has a pale ruby-purple color and nose of crushed red currants and black raspberries with violets, cinnamon and cloves hints. Light to medium-bodied and elegantly fruited on the palate, it has lovely perfume matched by satiny texture and just enough acidity, finishing with plenty of finesse. 90+ (LPB)
Intensely flavoured wine with strong plum, raspberry and smoky oak characters. Long and linear Pinot Noir with a seamless texture. Although the wine is accessible now it has the density, power and structure to develop very well in bottle.
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