2014 Fromm "Fromm Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $40)
An elegant pinot noir with gentle cherry, violet, raspberry and spicy oak flavours. Light in colour but not lacking power, as evidenced by its lengthy finish. Lovely purity. An ethereal wine that is a delight to drink now but will age well.
Light ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a tight and elegantly expressed nose with ethereal aromas of dark-red berry and cherry fruits entwined with subtle layers and nuances of dark herbs that form a core with depth and brooding density. Notes of liquorice, earth and minerals emerge with aeration. Medium-bodied and fine in presentation, the palate reveals layers of ethereal dark-red berry fruits, dark herbs, liquorice and minerals that unfold from the refined, concentrated core. The mouthfeel is supple with very fine-grained, flowery tannins and structure in support. The wine has linearity with delicacy, and leads to a very long, lingering finish of savoury dark red fruits with herb, earth and mineral detail. This is an elegant, ethereal and complex Pinot Noir with dark-red fruits along with herbs, earth and minerals, and a refined, concentrated, brooding core that will reveal more over the next 6+ years. Match with wild duck or pork. Dijon clone fruit predominantly clone 115 with 777 and 667, plus Abel, hand-picked, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a high proportion of whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 3-4 weeks on skins and aged 18 months in approx. 10% new French oak 228L barrels. Certified BioGro organic. 150 dozen produced.
This is a tiny production wine (150cs) from the home block surrounding the winery. The vines were planted in 1992 and represent some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Marlborough. This wine really shows off Fromm's ability to craft complex, detailed, ageworthy Pinot Noir and 2014 is a fine fine Marlborough vintage. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)