Čuvar Guardians Pinot Noir 2023

From the Ballochdale Vineyard in the Awatere Valley – situated well inland, and at over 300 metres in height. A bright ruby-burgundy colour in the glass. Crisp, varietal scents on the nose – great ‘Pinosity’. Black cherry, cranberry, raspberry and plum flavours are highlighted with a savoury top notes of coffee bean, incense and star anise. Equal parts delicacy and power mingle in the palate, led by a flow of acidity, and backed by some pliant, fine tannin. An tangy crunch to the fruit gives energy and flesh to the bones. Just bottled a week ago, there is some edginess and a few months will allow it to settle and get the elements on the same wavelngth. A crisp finish with moderate length. 91pts

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