This wine will make friends easily with a gleam of bright garnet behind its flashy smile. The nose is all get up and go with potent brambly fruit reminiscent of an autumn bush-bash to a remote trout pool on the upper Tongariro. Aged quince jelly, soft liquorice all sorts and a malty sweetness dance with squishy blackberry aromas then give way intriguingly to sticky dried prune, broken wood and finely ground nutmeg. Moreish notes of salted brittle caramel chocolate combine with slightly more dangerous hints of the bilge water found in an old land-locked clinker-built kauri sailing dingy.
The palate is as thick and full as a stockpot of boysenberry jam in a rolling boil on a cottage stovetop yet this slippery smoothness is draped over an auspiciously sinewy frame; kind of like Matthew McConaughey in a tuxedo. The acidity is barely perceptible along the cheeks yet cinches the wine together like the never-fail blood knot on a 5lb nylon tippet. Tannins with a consistency of finely ground pumice give the wine a deceptively persuasive edge while crisp oven roasted kumara and freshly ground coffee beans lend a polyhedral quality. Some deep earthy note, derived perhaps from 6 feet under, bring a drying lift to the finish which lingers long after swallowing. More streetwise than precocious, there is certainly no hurry for this wine and it will provide a cognitive drop over the next 10 years.
Winemaking Notes2013 was described by a winemaker friend as a “Goldilocks season” – not too hot, not too cold; not too dry and not too wet…. Just right! Such conditions have imbued the Pinot Noir with an incredible sense of balance, harmony and togetherness. After just 3 months in the bottle this is not the kind of teenager who wears his cap backwards and hangs around in the town square after dark – this is the well-adjusted lad who will be found handing round the guacamole at his parent’s 20th wedding anniversary.
Our Pinot Noir is best served slightly above cellar temperature i.e. 16 – 18 degree’s Celsius. Younger or older wines may benefit from decanting to allow them a breath of fresh air. Collaring 2-9 years
In The Spotlight
Bronze - New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
Raymondchan Wine Review Sep 2015:
Awarded 18.5/20 Points, 4 Stars
"Light ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter edged. The bouquet is elegantly presented with good intensity of ripe strawberry fruit lifted by red floral detail. Subtle nuances of herbs and savoury earth unfold and meld seamlessly with the fruit and fragrant florals. Medium-bodied, soft and gently luscious flavours of strawberries show with an array of red florals and delicate notes of dried herbs. The wine is expressed with delicacy and subtlety, exuding plenty of vinosity and presence. The flavours are harmonious and the mouthfeel is seamless in flow with soft, supple tannins and acidity guiding the wine to a long, delicately flavoured, strawberry and floral finish. This is a beautifully elegant, harmonious and seamless Pinot Noir with ethereal strawberry and floral fruit and good vinous presence. Serve with salmon, tuna, poultry and pork over the next 5-6 years. Clones 5, 114, 115, Abel and 10/5 from the original plantings, vines 22 y.o., the fruit practically all destemmed and fermented to 13.1% alc. with 10% by indigenous yeasts, the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 12 months in 20% new French oak."
|Varietal||100% Pinot Noir|
|Harvest Date||26 Mar - 19 Apr 2013|
|Bottling Date||15 Oct 2014|
|RS (Residual Sugar)||Nil|
|TA (Total acidity)||5.62|
Margrain Vineyard Home Block Pinot Noir 2013
- Producer: Margrain Vineyard
- Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
- Availability: In Stock