Alexander Dusty Road Pinot Noir
Savoury and approachable Martinborough Pinot without the premium price tag.
Alexander vineyards is just 5 hectares in size, on free-draining river terraces planted in high density rows with low trellising to ensure low yielding vines. Being Martinborough it's predominantly Pinot Noir, but also with small amounts of Merlot and Chardonnay.
Michael Finucane and Roz Walker came to New Zealand in 1996 from the UK, and planted their home vineyard the following year. They've recently experimented with higher portions of indigenous yeasts, more whole-bunches and more new oak as the vine age has got to the point of maturity. As a result the house style has shifted towards a more full style of wine, and construction of a new winery in 2014 has meant greater quality control too.
Made from handpicked fruit off the Hinakura Vineyard, the newly-released 2018 vintage has a full and densely packed nose of ripe dark raspberry, cherry and dark berry fruits, with liquorice and spicy notes on a well-structured, elegant palate with plenty of fruit weight.
A concentrated full-bodied pinot noir with fine-grained tannins, energy and power with a smooth finish and great mouthfeel, it should be matched with duck, venison, grilled meat and game dishes over the next five to six years. Cellaring will be rewarded with greater complexity and subtle expression.
750 ml. 14% alc/vol
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