Terrace Edge Pinot Noir
Stunning Pinot Noir from New Zealand's Waipara Valley, on the South Island. This is a full-flavoured and full-bodied (by Pinot Noir standards) red of real quality. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak, only 25% of which is new, allowing the fruit rather than the oak flavours to come to the fore. Delicious now, but will keep for five years or more.
***** 5 Stars - 19/20 - Raymond Chan, 'Darkish ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and initially a little restrained in expression, but growing to show good depth and presence with a core of ripe, dark-red berry and cherry fruit with some raspberry liqueur notes, dark herbs and dark-red florals unfolding a hint of minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and vibrant with sweet and spicy flavours of dark-red berry fruits that fill the mouth. The fruit has notes of dark-red plums and liquorice, entwined with florals and mineral elements, forming a deep, well-packed, ripe, rounded heart. The tannin are ripe and the structure balances the fruit sweetness with its extraction and grip. The wine flows positively to a fulsome, sweetly rich, lingering finish. This is a sweetly rich and ripe Pinot Noir with flavours of dark raspberries, with notes of liquorice, plums and dark herbs on a well-balanced and structured palate.' June 2017 (2016 vintage)