2014 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Elegant, poised and fragrant on the nose; aromas of ripe cherry, floral and almond with hints of game and mushroom complexity. The palate delivers excellent fruit weight and silky texture, beautifully enhanced by layers of ripe fruit flavours and subtle savoury undertones, finishing long and finely dry. Stylish and attractive, and pristine and complex at the same time. At its best: now to 2022. Certified organic.
Elegant and reasonably powerful Pinot Noir with spicy cherry, smoky oak and violet flavours. A firmly structured wine that can be appreciated now but deserves to be matched with food. Good cellaring potential.
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and up-front with ripe fruit aroma of dark red berry and cherry fruit entwined with subtle layers of herbs, revealing raspberry liqueur and mineral elements. The aromatics build in depth and concentration in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate features soft, plush and juicy fruit flavours of dark raspberries with lifted dark red florals and subtle layers of herbs and minerals. The fruit forms a gently sweet and rich core with fine-textured, supple concentration and structure, and a fresh, acid driven line. Flavours of liquorice, black cherries and minerals show on a lingering, dry, firm finish. This is a fresh, juicy, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with a fine-textured core and fresh mouthfeel. Match with firm-fleshed seafood, poultry, pork and antipasto over the next 4-5+ years. 11 clones, predominantly 115, 667, 777, 5, 6 and 10/5, from the ‘Fromm’, Wairau, ‘Clayvin’ Brancott Valley, ‘Quarters’, Brancott Valley and ‘Yarrum’, Brancott Valley vineyards, vines 10-24 y.o., destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 75% whole berries to 13.5% lc., the wine spending 2-3 weeks on skins and aged 16 months in 12-15% new barriques. Certified BioGro organic.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 La Strada Pinot Noir is beautifully scented of warm cranberries, raspberry tart and kirsch with hints of garrique, dried herbs and forest floor. It fills the palate with perfumed, earth and kirsch laced flavors with satiny tannins and great freshness, finishing long. (LPB)
Distinctive blood orange and cherry flavors are bright and crisp, with plenty of spice and sandalwood accents on a plush, velvety frame, lingering beautifully on the finish. Drink now through 2028.
Fourth-generation Swiss winemaker Georg Fromm fell in love with New Zealand and opened his winery in 1992 with the goal of merging his European sensibility and the New Zealand terroir. Fromm Winery are one of THE go-to estates for NZ Pinot Noir with a long history of excellence. They are certified BioGro organic and all the wines are hand-crafted and small production. After selling these wines for 10+ years (I sold them in England too beforing moving to Calfornia) I am stoked to be importing them direct from the winery for K&L customers. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyerz) Winemaker's Notes: "A bright and pure Pinot with ripe fruit density and savoury undertones. Complex and harmonious with a structural complexity. From the very exciting 2014 vintage comes this appealing yet complex Pinot Noir. A blend of the four vineyards, it expresses two sub-regions of Marlborough (the clay soiled Brancott Valley plus the alluvial gravel and silt of the Wairau Valley). The nose offers a lovely purity of red/blue fruit (black cherries, blueberries and ripe wild strawberries) and is complimented by subtle integrated oak, graphite minerality an intriguing savoury spice. The palate shows generosity, balance and structure with ripe fruit concentration, layered tannins and focusing acidity."