Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (Marlborough, NZ)
13.5%, Cork, $55ish
I tasted this at a huge Winestate magazine Pinot Noir tasting last night and it made me do a double-take. It’s just a more Pinoty Pinot, from a region known more for ‘fruit’ than clear varietal flavours. I can still imagine it now.
What’s most interesting about this wine is just how low the acidity is, without the wine losing shape or looking flabby. I’ve commented about that before, but it really makes a difference for texture and mouthfeel, resulting in an unbelievably silky wine. There’s a meatiness on the nose too that you often see in wines from the ‘Southern Clays’ unofficial sub-region that only helps give this more seriousness and purpose, plus genuine fruit tannins too.
Great wine. Great. Amongst Marlborough’s very best.
Score: 18.7/20, 95/100
Would I buy it? Absolutely.