Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough New Zealand
Tasted August 2012
Appearance - Clear and very bright ruby colour with medium intensity. Slight clearer rim and some visible tears.
Nose - clean, just starting to develop aromas of medium plus intensity resembling ripe and chunky red cherry, some sweet oaky cedar, notes of flowers, a slight reductive note and some mineral metallic hints.
Palate - dry, medium plus refreshing acidity, a medium level of ripe rounded tannins, medium plus alcohol and medium body. A medium plus flavour intensity rich in ripe red fruits like cherry, plum and raspberry, some notes of black currant, some sweet spice like cloves and some sweet oak notes. Medium plus length.
Conclusions (16,5/20) - Very good quality wine, showing sense of place, but not so much varietal. Nicely rounded palate, rich and ripe fleshy fruits balanced by a refreshing acidity. The initial reductive aromas will fade with a brief decanting, letting the bright fruit shine. Paired very well with a mild chicken curry. Drink now for its vivacity but it will keep 2 more years.