Decibel Pinot Noir 2016
Martinborough sits in a perfect Pinot Noir pocket on the lower north island.To the west of Martinborough is the Rimutaka Mountain ranges, protecting the region from the westerly rains. To the southeast lies the Aorangi Range and due east are the foothills leading up the coast of the North Island. There is, however, some exposure to the cold southerlies coming up through Palliser Bay in the spring that limit flowering and result in low yielding vines producing fruit of high intensity. This single vineyard wine was produced from an organically run, dry farmed block with a unique clay soil structure over top of free draining former river bed. Slightly more elevated than the typical river terrace soils than most of Martinborough, this vineyard has great exposure with a northeast aspect. The vines are planted in mostly Dijon clones of 667, 777, 114, 115, as well as Clone 5 half of which are planted on their own rootstock. The vineyard has always been run organically but will achieve full certification in 2019. rootstock.
Intense dark cherry, forest floor, and savory aromatics osculate the nose on first approach with hints of dried vanilla and lightly toasted nuts. A structured front palate turns quickly into luscious, juicy tannins with a lingering suppleness. The finish is dry with hits of spice After a few breaths the wine opens up to crushed strawberry seeds and more savory notes. The palate evolves into a more creamy and textural wine.
Pair with roasted lamb and rosemary potatoes.
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