Tasted with Kai Schubert, as the first event in a week-long dive into Martinborough. Opened alongside the newly-bottled 2020 version, and both the ’19 and ’20 of ‘Block B’ Pinot Noir as well.
A deep ruby-burgundy in the glass, with an opulent nose of dark cherry, rosehip, elderberry, Campari and a lovely floral note of violets. The palate follows suit. Fruit is plush – damson, raspberry and red liquorice. This is where New World meets Old. The handling of the oak is quite masterful, and the tannins are silken, supple, delicious. Lightly spicy, and with nuances of minerality, herb and ‘umami’ in layers of complexity, just waiting to unfold. Seamless, with everything in smooth, rich harmony. Super-long on the finish. 96pts. (the 2020 was just bottled, but shows every sign of being even better)