Escarpment Vineyard, Kupe, Martinborough, North Island, New Zealand, 2011
This wine: varietal pinot noir, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Waitrose Cellar, £33 (08/16)
Consumer tasting note: a full nose of red berries, with edges of kirsch, spice and sweet oak, then dried red berries, dark chocolate and liquorice; medium bodied with fresh acidity, quite grippy, with fresh and dried red berries and red liquorice on the palate. A long length. Decant for an hour. Keep for a year or so and the tannins will round out a little, and evolve and improve overall.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears, minor sediment.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of a little kirsch edged with spice, red cherry and raspberry underpinned by sweet oak nuances, floral – tea rose and peony, hint of bees-wax, dried cranberries, red liquorice, red currant jelly, hint of dark chocolate, leaf humus, and a fleeting glance at mushroom, and after some time an edge of toast appears
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, flavours of red cherry, cranberry, red currant, dried red berries, red liquorice . A long length with a clean red berried moderately grippy finish.
Quality: very good, fresh acidity and ripe tannins (could do with another year or so to round out a little more) in keeping with alcohol and flavour palette and good concentration level, showing a good level of complexity with deft use of oak and then time in bottle, with tertiary dried berries and chocolate notes emerging. A long fresh length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing – a sound structure, plentiful fruit and concentration to evolve, and the tannins will benefit from rounding out a little more – so cellar say for another 2-3 years.