Novum Pinot Noir 2016 (Marlborough, New Zealand) "...black cherry, blackberry, rich..."
"Dark, moderately deep, ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and gently voluminous with aromas of dark-red berry fruit along with a complex amalgam of red florals, dried herbs and subtle complexing earthy nuances. The aromatics form a fine, tight core that grows in intensity with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation with a soft, refined core of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits unfolding nuances of dark-red florals and suggestions of herbs that fill the mouth. The flavours are rich, soft but vibrant, possessing energy and vitality. The fruit is supported by fine-grained flowery tannin extraction that provides considerable structure. The acidity is balanced and the wine carries to a soft, lingering, nuanced finish. This is a gently mouthfilling and layered Pinot Noir with dark-red berry fruit, florals and herbs, on a fine core with plenty of structure. Match with duck and pork, and roasted beef, lamb and venison over the next 6-8 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Yarrum’ and a lower Brancott vineyard along with Omaka fruit and a small portion of fruit from the ‘Churton’ site, Waihopai, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 35 days on skins and aged 12-14 months in 30% new oak." - 19-/20 Raymond Chan