Opawa Pinot Noir 2013
Meaning “smoky river” in Maori, Opawa is a vineyard located on the old river bed of the historic Opawa River in Marlborough, New Zealand. The stony river gravels absorb the sun’s warmth during the day, radiating it back onto the grapes at night, evolving the delicious aromas and flavours in these wines.
This wine was made from selected premium vineyards in a dedicated Pinot Noir Cellar using principles of minimal handling and gravity flow. After a cold soak and indigenous fermentation the wine was pressed into French oak barriques for maturation, before being clarified and bottled in December 2013.
A medium bodied and beautifully balanced Marlborough Pinot Noir. On the nose it shows fruits characters of mulberry, cherry and red plums with savoury spices, cocoa powder and a hint of toasty oak. Elegant and juicy on the palate, it displays multi-layered fruit flavours accompanied by soft, fine tannins. This wine has elegant structure, silky texture and juicy acidity to give freshness, and it culminates in a lingering finish.
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