Pinot noir 2003

This is another typically low-yield '03 wine, the fruit for which was brought in at about 1.2 T/a. The colour is a dense, rich ruby with an almost purple edge. Its nose is both subtle clove and cinnamon tones. The palate is soft and rounded, with obvious concentration. Ripe fruit tannins are buried in unctuous fruit - violets, red and black berries, liquorice - and a slightly spicy aftertaste. The hallmarks of the wine are concentration with elegance and delicacy of expression.

This wine is attractive drinking already, but following a recent vertical tasting of our Pinot noirs in which the '89-91 were still showing well, I would expect that in cellars temperature controlled to 12?C it should be drinking well at 5-15 years. Warmer cellars will tend to give different results, as we have discussed on other occasions.

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Pinot noir 2003