Martinborough, New Zealand
Red and black cherries, vanilla, spice, ripe strawberry and earth on the nose. On the palate, this is a bigger Pinot Noir in style, but the acidic tang and fine-grained tannins keep it balanced and lighter feeling. The red fruits are there, along with some herbal tea, red licorice and tart raspberry elements. The finish is long and silky. This is still fairly dense, enjoyable now, but would reward some mid-term cellaring.