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A complex nose with many layers. Floral aromatics of violets & lavender merge with red fruits ranging from wild strawberry to Satsuma plum. The entrancing spectrum then runs into more savoury territory of game meats and earthen richness, framed by alluring oak spice.

Persistent cherry fruit diffuses into a red fruited glow that is elegantly framed by tones of autumnal undergrowth and dark chocolate. With an ambient, yet voluminous mouthfeel, firm velvety tannins coordinate with good acidity, providing high definition to the overall complexity. Twenty months in French, 30% new. Most of that oak is French-coopered too, though some comes via AP John, surprisingly enough. Bottled in both 750ml and 375ml, blessedly. I’d have me some of this in 375ml in a heartbeat. Under screwcap. For those moments when “just a sneaky half bottle” is just the ticket.

A pinot noir lit by a satin sheen of red berry fruits splayed across the mouth by juicy acidity and impeccably wrought tannins. Growing darker of fruit and broader of mid-drift as it opens, a lick of briar, wood smoke and truffle imbue a carnal edge to a shimmering, mellifluous finish. Delicious out of the gates, this pinot is a svelte, sumptuous glide across the senses. Drink by: 2026; Price: $58.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2016; Alcohol: 13.6%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion


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