2020 Te Mata Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Matured in a mix of new and used French oak barrels for 11 months. Deep dark red core with black shaded edges and a vibrant dark red hue. Fragrant spicy red cherry and plum scents mix with hints of stalky cedar, fresh herbs and spice. Juicy red to dark cherry, winter strawberry and red plum fruits overlay a spicy back drop of dusty cedar and infusions of fresh herbs. Slightly dryish finish with fresh acidity and grainy tannins. Spicy medium length conclusion.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
Like many of Te Mata's 2020 reds, this young pup needs a little time to open if drinking now. Once it does, there're elegant aromas of cherry and blueberry fruit, violets and roses, ground black pepper, cloves and a slight meatiness in a well-tucked bed of mocha oak. Tangy red fruit on the silky palate is tightly wound by fine tannins and lifted by a crunch of acidity. A unique Pinot that bears the Te Mata stamp of place, polish, freshness and structure. Drink now with rare duck or better yet or until around 2030.