2018 Clark Estate “Upper Wairau” Pinot Noir

$28.00

Beautifully fruited and attractively expressed, the bouquet shows dark plum, cherry, thyme, floral and toasted nut characters with hints of game and spice. The palate delivers lovely weight and roundness, as well as bright fruit intensity and silky texture, finishing long and smooth. The wine offers sweet berry flavours backed by rich savoury nuances.

Beautifully fruited and attractively expressed, the bouquet shows dark plum, cherry, thyme, floral and toasted nut characters with hints of game and spice. The palate delivers lovely weight and roundness, as well as bright fruit intensity and silky texture, finishing long and smooth. The wine offers sweet berry flavours backed by rich savoury nuances.

83 points /3.5 stars            Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

It is elegantly expressed on the nose showing dried cherry, game, mixed spice and dried herb characters, leading to a gently weighted palate that is juicy and smooth. The wine is nicely structured by grainy tannins, finishing pleasingly dry.

 

88 points / 4 stars            Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Bright, light ruby-red with some depth and a garnet hue, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full, with a depth of intense aromas of Bing cherries, blackberries melded with dry herbs and baking spices, unveiling black liquorice and mint nuances under a thin layer of smoky detail. Medium-bodied, nuances of cherries, dried blackberries are aromatic; development of fragrant black tea notes binding liquorice, dried herbs and cinnamon. Subtle development of game and smoke linger to a moderately long finish. The palate is structured by fine-grained tannin extraction, smooth with a good grip and some firmness. Subtle developments complex flavours, added interest. This is a herbaceous Pinot Noir with flavours of cherries and blackberries, enriched by subtle developments and savoury details.

 

87 points            Cameron Douglas, MS

Bright, fresh, fruity and varietal with flavours of red apple and cherry, tea and plum, some old raspberry, fallen autumn leaves and a savoury dried herb layer. Dry with medium+- ish acidity, fine chalky dusty-ish tannins and flavours that reflect the nose. A balanced wine, lighter weighted on the palate and ready to enjoy with food. Best from today and through 2022.

 

Viticulture

This single-vineyard Pinot Noir was made from grapes grown in the far reaches of the Upper Wairau Valley in Marlborough.  The soils there are ideal for quality Pinot Noir, with a small amount of clay helping the vines survive the dry Marlborough summers and fully ripen the fruit.  The 2018 season was warm early in the season with strong growth and plentiful fruit ripening well for harvest.

 

Winemaking

The fruit was crushed and soaked for 5 days to absorb the delicate aromas and flavours in the skins.  A cultured yeast strain was added to begin the fermentation process, and to extract as much colour and phenolics from the skins, they were plunged throughout fermentation.  Once dry, the wine was pressed into barrels and the Malo-lactic fermentation softened the acidity to create a balanced and harmonious wine.

 

 

Wine Analysis

pH       3.74

TA       5.86 g/L

Alc       13.2%

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