What’s in the glass tonight January 15th

TerraVin Soloist PN 2009

TerraVin Soloist Pinot Noir Marlborough 2009

This was a gift. Bottle no. 47 of 300 bottles of Pinot Noir made from a single barrel, selected as a ‘soulful and unique expression of the Pinot Noir vine’. The barrel , No. TE092604, 228 litres in volume, was made by the Damy cooperage from oak staves milled from trees from the forest of Allier. The internal toast level was Medium Long. The grapes were sourced from the Eaton Family and Cowley Vineyards in the Southern Wither Hills in Marlborough. Sixteen months maturation.

Bob Campbell said of this wine, One of the very best examples of Marlborough Pinot Noir yet tasted from this vintage. It’s a fine, taut wine with floral, cherry and chalky mineral flavours plus a seasoning of classy French oak. Subtle yet powerful wine with impressive cellaring potential.”

I see it as dark carmine with a tawny edge. 13.5% alcohol.

It smells sooo good. Involving nose of cassis, aniseed, spice, oak, roses and (cough) cough syrup. I keep going back to sniff and savour.

In the mouth, fresh on attack, medium weight, ripe red cherries. Not a classically shy pinot. Very long drying finish. It hangs around on the palate nicely. The years have been good.

A touch more fruit weight and I would have rated the wine as outstanding. A treat to drink. BTVG 4+

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