Rongopai Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008


Adam Hazeldine

Recommended Food:
It goes well with a stir-fry of cubed lamb and eggplant, also makes a good partner for a steak and mushroom pie.

Recommended Cellaring: 
2 to 5 years

Production Notes:
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 11 months the wines were assessed and blended.

Tasting Notes:
A brooding nose packed with dark cherry, earth and spice. The palate is full and very evenly layered with dark fruits, spice and leather, finishing with fine tannins and a hint of cedar. A very drinkable wine upon release that should age gracefully.