Framingham Pinot Noir 2006 Marlborough, New Zealand
Tasted August 2012
Appearance - clear and bright, medium minus intensity ruby colour, fading to garnet. Just a slight rim difference and few visible tears.
Nose - clean aromatics with medium intensity that are showing some developing signs. Some red fruit aromas of ripe cherry and some plum, some animal leathery notes, undergrowth and just a tell trace of game.
Palate - dry, medium plus acidity slightly tart, medium minus level of tannin with a tad bitter bite, medium body and alcohol level. Medium flavour intensity with clear notes of fresh red cherry, plum, some black currant leaf, sanguine gamey notes, a mineral metallic taste and a spicy drying finish. Medium length.
Conclusions (15,75/20) - good quality wine, showing the fresh climate of Marlborough with a style much more towards Old World than expected, with some complexity and austerity. Nice texture, smooth and fluid. Fruit concentration is already fairly shy and would benefit from some more generosity to balance the sharp acidity and the drying tannins. Drink now as the wine is almost past it's best.