Rongopai Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
It goes well with a stir-fry of cubed lamb and eggplant, also makes a good partner for a steak and mushroom pie.
2 to 5 years
This wine is a blend of various parcels of fruit from the extensive Babich vineyards in Marlborough. Fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and fermented in open vats. After an extended period of maceration the various batches were drained off skins and put into new and old oak barriques. After 10 months the wines were assessed and blended.
Notes of thyme and cherry spice with red fruits and a hint of vanilla. Supple and well fruited, tasty cherry along with savoury leather and spice and sweet tarry notes. Fine tannins.
"A nicely expressed pinot, the bouquet shows red/black cherry, floral, mixed spice and a hint of earthy mushroom complexity. The palate is ripe, rounded and silky, and offers appealing fruit flavours as well as savoury undertones. "
-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz - Feb 2016