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Cambridge Road Animus Pinot Noir

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here we have a quite elegant, very medium-bodied pinot noir out of NZ which is a bit more savoury than fruity. Earthy, spicy and chocolaty smells float out of the glass accompanied by dark cherries and dried herbs. The palate is graceful and savoury also, with a fine line of sandy tannins, bright acidity, and a dry, spiced finish. This would come into it's own with some Peking duck.

Winemaker's Notes

From the beautiful 2011 vintage emerges our second ever Animus, true to its predecessor this wine delves into the darker wild side of Pinot Noir. The fruit was sourced from three mature Martinborough Terrace vineyards, all farmed by us without chemicals and a healthy respect for natural rhythms. Wild co-fermented in small batches, raised in French oak and bottled without fining or filtration and only a light touch of sulphur. 

Punchy primary fruit characters are layered with well seasoned woods and touches of gamey funk. There’s lifted spices touching cinnamon, anise and bitter chocolate, dark cherries and more botanic scents of the forest. Supple ripe tannins are tensioned by a fine chalky character, the weight is generous and warm with a lingering depth of fine spice. Alcohol: 13.3%

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