Drake Strathbogie Ranges Pinot Noir 2015
10th March 2017
"Even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is light and elegantly proportioned with bright and fresh aromas of dark cherry fruit melded with dark herb and stalk elements and dark red berry confectionary elements. This has a firm intensity to the aromatics. Medium-bodied, and tightly bound, the palate possesses good depth of dark cherry fruit entwined with dark herbs, liquorice and whole berry confectionary notes.
The fruit is underlined by fine, grainy tannins lending a firm line, with fresh acidity providing energy and drive. The wine carries to a fir, slender finish of cherries and herbs. This is an elegant, firm and intense Pinot Noir with flavours of dark cherries, herbs and confectionary. Serve with tapas, antipasto, poultry and pork over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit, 85% Strathbogie Ranges and 15% Yarra Valley, vines 10-25 y.o., fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new French oak."
Source: Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz