Fromm 'La Strada' Pinot Noir 2016 (Marlborough, New Zealand) "...red berry, raspberry liqueur, herbs..."
"Moderately deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge with slight purple hues. The nose is softly concentrated with gently packed aromas of dark-red berry fruits with nuances of raspberry liqueur entwined with dark herbal nuances, along with dark-red florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweet, juicy and lively fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruits intermingling with fresh and dark herbs, with raspberry liqueur and floral elements adding interest. The fruit sweetness is balanced by light, grainy tannin structure with fine, lacy acidity lending an up-front mouthfeel with good presence and texture. The flavours carry positively to a lingering finish of raspberry liqueur. This is a sweet and juicy-fruited Pinot Noir with lively dark-red berry, herb and raspberry liqueur flavours on a grainy-textured palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 5 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 115, 667, 777, 114, 113, Abel, 5. 6, 13, 10/5 and 2/10, from the ‘Fromm’, ‘Quarters’, ‘Churton’ and ‘Yarrum’ vineyards, these covering the Wairau, Brancott and Waihopi valleys, vines 14-25 y.o., fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a high proportion of whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14-16 months in <10% new French oak 228 L barrels. Certified BioGro organic." - 18+/ 20 Points, Raymond Chan"