Mahi Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand 2014

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Mahi Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand 2014

24.95

Imagine drinking liquified rubies laced with the tears of angels and you'll come a step closer to evoking the heavenly nectar that awaits you in this bottle. It pours a limpid, morello cherry colour, with just a hint of youthful ruby at the edges. The flavours are as beautiful as they are tricky to describe, but given that language is the medium we are bound to here, let's offer some evocations along the lines of wild strawberries (those tiny flavour-packed ones), rosehip syrup, spiced orange peel (what?), kola nut and frankincense (seriously?). Well, I did say it was tricky. We've tried most of New Zealand’s new Pinot Noir releases in the last couple of months and this one trumps them all. It’s delicate and ethereal, as a great Pinot Noir should be, yet disarmingly rich in aromatic intensity and flavour concentration. I’m convinced that this quality is a direct result of the winemaker, Brian Bicknell, gently punching down the caps 3 times a day (labour-intensive work, to say the least) to get a gentle but steady extraction from the skins, where all the aromas and flavours lie. It tastes wonderfully handmade, because it is handmade wonderfully! 13.5% alc. Drink now-2022.

The Wine Advocate: "Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir is scented of red cherries and red currants with underlying underbrush and charcoal hints. Light to medium-bodied, soft and elegantly fruited on the palate, it has lovely harmony and freshness with good length."

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