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1994 Martinborough Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir

Publish Date: 09 Jan 2015

Authored by: James Halliday

The colour, as one would expect, has lost all of its purple hue, but is still healthy, years before it reaches the onion skin shade. The bouquet is spicy, foresty and with some of the flowery violets that may or may be a figment of my imagination. There is nothing imaginary about the palate, with still-sweet red and black fruits sheathed in gossamer tannins, then lifting wondrously on the finish and aftertaste. A celebrated wine, winner of six trophies in Australia and in the UK. When last tasted in March 1998 I wrote 'The palate is outstanding, silky, long and lingering, with the almost piercing linear flavour expanding into the peacock's tail on the finish. Great year.' My two tasting notes are virtually identical, the only difference being the slight drop in mid-palate fruit richness. Great when young, and great now at the age of 20 years. Oxtail with forest mushrooms was a great match.

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