Alana Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016 4 stars
Even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is moderately concentrated and packed with aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit subtly melded with a thread of dark herbs and suggestions of whole bunch stalk-like elements, unfolding a little raspberry liqueur and earth. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and sweet fruit flavours of dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit along with subtle herbal nuances. The fruit has lusciousness, and forms a lively and vibrant heart, enlivened by fresh acidity. Light, balanced tannin extraction supports the fruit and the wine leads to a light- fruit-sweet finish. This is a moderately sweet and rich cherry and raspberry fruited Pinot Noir on a fresh palate with balanced structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 4-5 years. primarily Abel clone, fermented with approx. 30% whole bunches to 13.2% alc., the wine aged 10 months in approx. 20% new oak.