Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. This has an elegantly presented nose with ethereal volume of ripe savoury dark-red berry fruits entwine harmoniously with a layer of dried herbs and earth, along with nutty and slightly resinous oak. Subtle dark-red florals emerge in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and well-concentrated with vibrantly sweet fruit flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruits complexed by layers of dark and dried herbs, and earthy and nutty oak interest. The fruit richness is enhanced by lacy acidity, and supported by balancing fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction. The fruit and textures carry with harmony to an elegantly firm and lingering finish. This is an elegantly rich, concentrated and complex-detailed Pinot Noir with savoury dark-red fruits with herbal and earthy notes on a fine-structured and balanced palate with good vitality. A classical expression of Martinborough. Match with game meat and casseroles over the next 6+ years. Fruit from the company’s oldest blocks on the Martinborough Terrace, hand-picked and hand-sorted and indigenous yeast fermented with 20% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending on average 24 days on skins and aged 12 months in 31% new French oak barrels.
This is stunning. Fine yet powerful, intense yet refined. The complex bouquet shows red/black cherry, smoked meat, mixed spice, dried herb and cedar characters. It is superbly concentrated and focused on the palate, and offers layers of fine texture and savoury nuances, brilliantly structured by fine, delicately drying tannins. One for the Pinot enthusiasts.
The 2014 Pinot Noir Home Block has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and nose of red and black cherries, black tea and dusty earth with a hint of garrigue. Medium-bodied and delicately played on the palate, it has a quiet, earthy intensity and solid frame of chewy tannins plus lively acidity, which carries the savory flavors to a long finish.
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