December 20 2018

Even, dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues, paler edged.  The nose is firm and taut with dark-red and black cherry fruit along with dark herbs, overlaid by minerally reduction.  The fruit is subdued and the reductive elements up-front and dominating.  Medium-bodied, the palate has a firm core of bitter dark-red cherry fruit melded with dark herbs and some oak toast.  The sulphide reduction is prominent and lends a firmness and mineral edge to the palate.  This has firm, fine-grained tannin grip with integrated acidity.  The flavours carry along a a tight line leading to a finish of bitter cherry fruit and minerals.  This is a firm Pinot Noir with bitter cherry and herb-nuanced fruit marked by sulphide reductive notes.  Serve with grilled and barbecued red meats over the next 3+ years.  Fruit from the narrowing of the Upper Wairau Valley, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., a portion of the wine aged several months in new French oak.  2,400 cases made.  16.0-/20  Dec 2018  RRP $19.99

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