Rongopai Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011


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.

Tasting Notes:
Aromas of strawberry flan, layered with cedar, spice and darker savoury notes comprise the bouquet. The palate has a soft sweet fruited entry with good volume, again strawberries and spice building along with mushrooms, forest floor and soft tannins. An earthy savoury finish rounds out this supple and charming wine.