2013 Hunky Dory Pinot Noir
A sunny and warm growing season ripened the grapes and these were hand‐picked. The grapes were destemmed to tank for fermentation. Once the wine is racked off, its lees, spending eight months in French oak barrels before being blended and bottled.
The bouquet is expressed with dark plum and cherry, spice and some vanilla. The palate has rich dark cherry and berry fruit flavours with some savoury and spice notes. The vanilla pod from the French oak melds well with the grape tannins and the wine is very drinkable.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Fruit from the ‘Strawlodge’ and ‘Anduhlane’ sites in the Upper Wairau Valley and the ‘Tobermore’ vineyard in the Rapaura district, hand-picked, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 8 months in French oak. Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The bouquet is bold with fresh, primary, bright, dark raspberry fruit aromas with underlying dark herb elements and a little reduction. The aromatics grow in volume, unfolding ripe raspberry liqueur notes in the glass. Medium-bodied, this has a full, up-front flavoured palate of dark raspberry fruit intermixed with herbs and earthy reduction. The wine is open and mouthfilling with good depth, and the mouthfeel is lush and juicy from fresh and youthful acidity. Supple, but grainy tannins lie under the fruit and lead the palate to a dry, textured finish showing some earthy reduction. This is a full, up-front raspberry fruited Pinot Noir with a supple mouthfeel. Serve with pasta, poultry and barbecued food over the next 3-4 years.
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