2020 Mount Riley Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand
The grapes for this wine were sourced from multiple vineyard sites throughout the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. Diversity of grape source and clonal material allowed Mount Riley to make a complex and complete wine with great fruit character and depth of flavour. Grapes were cold soaked, fermented in small parcels and aged for seven months in French barriques.
Deep-red with garnet and ruby hues. On the nose, ripe cherry and plum characters are supported by hints of savory spice and dried herbs. The palate is approachable with soft tannins and intense fruit flavor. Silky texture and great length. Drinking well now and up to 2025. Great as an aperitif or with savory tomato or mushroom based dishes, salmon, red meat or pasta.
90 points, James Suckling. "Sour cherries, redcurrants, dried flowers, smoke and baking spices on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with fresh acidity. Juicy and fruity with a crisp finish. Pleasant and varietal. Drink now."