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2002 Murdoch James Estate Fraser Pinot Noir
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ROGER FRASER and his partner Jill planted 12 acres of Pinot Noir and Syrah at Martinborough in 1986. After 20 odd vintages, one would think that Roger would be satisfied with the quality of his wines, having won numerous trophies and gold medals over the last 10 years, however, the relentless pursuit of perfection continues, particularly with its Pinot Noir. The vineyards are run on organic farming principles. Cropping levels are kept low in order to ensure maximum flavour profile with up to eight different clones of Pinot Noir planted. Recently we tasted all three Pinot Noir wines which the company produces and must say they were all impressive. Comparisons with Ata Rangi and Martinborough Vineyards are inevitable since Murdoch James Fraser vineyard is next door to Ata Rangi & about 500 metres from Martinborough Vineyard. The Murdoch James wines are powerful, however, at the time of tasting Ata Rangi had more of the Pinot Noir power wave and a slightly longer aftertaste. Having said that, the dominant quality of Murdoch James is the concentration of pure fruit flavour. One thing is for certain, you won’t by disappointed by any of the examples of top New Zealand Pinot Noir.
The Fraser Vineyard adjoins the highly regarded ATA RANGI Vineyard and is the top expression of the variety. Again, like the Blue Rock Vineyard, the wine is produced from old vines. Opaque crimson colour with mauve hue. The nose is more pronounced than the Blue Rock Vineyard, with violet top note followed by cherry, spice and strawberry. The palate has outstanding depth and concentration of flavour – showing mouthfilling ‘joosy’ black cherry fruit followed by layers of ripe strawberries and anise. The primary fruit characteristics of this wine are very evident displaying a degree of ripeness that is not evident in the Ata Rangi of the same year. Velvet smooth. Very long aftertaste of dark cherry and spice.
Cellar 4-5 years (2008-2009)