Forrest Pinot Noir 2011
The Pinot Noir grape is one of Marlborough’s stars; the cool climate queen of red wine is a natural match for Marlborough’s reliable cool dry vintage climate. The grapes typically show ripe berry fruit flavours – raspberry and strawberry; that distinctive ‘Forest floor” earthen aroma and fresh acidity. Our Pinot Noir grape is a complex amalgam of three different “terroirs”:- classic Wairau river valley stoney soils, southern valleys, Brancott aged clays and Northbank young stone/ clay mix. Each plot was hand harvested, fermented in 2-3 ton lots with hand plunging, skin contacted post fermentation, gently pressed and then aged in 20/80 blend of new/old French oak barriques for 10 months.
Deep ruby red color with berry fruit flavours. On the nose, raspberry, strawberry, red cherry, an earthy “forest floor” leaf note and just a hint of sweet spicy oak.
The fresh berryfruit aromas continue through onto the palate,together with a rich underlay of christmas fruit cake, long savoury after taste.
A very good example of Marlborough Pinot Noir that will reward 3 to 5 years bottle maturation.