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Catalina Sounds Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 18.0/20

Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with some purple hues. The nose is full with soft, dark raspberry and black cherry fruit aromas, revealing subtle savoury dark herb and earthy elements, the aromatics gentle in expression, building in depth and volume with aeration. Medium-full bodied, flavours of dark cherries, ripe raspberries and delicate spice notes show good depth and a subtly sweet richness. There is density to the fruit extract and a smooth, harmonious integration with fine-grained tannins providing a seamless structure and line. The mouthfeel has liveliness and freshness from bright acidity, enhancing the fruitiness, the palate leading to a fruity finish with refined textures. This is a harmonious and restrained Pinot Noir that grows in richness, revealing fine structure. Match with pork, veal and lamb over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the Southern Valleys, 55% from the estate ‘Sound of White’ vineyard, Waihopi, and 45% from the ‘Clayridge’ site, Omaka. Hand-picked, the fruit given a cold soak and fermented with 5% whole bunches to 13.9% alc., a portion undergoing ‘hot’ ferment. The wine spent 18-25 days on skins and was aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 2,200 cases made.

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Category: 2013, Import, Pinot Noir

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