Schubert Block B Pinot Noir 2021

$79.90 inc. GST

95/100 – James Suckling
95/100 – Stephen Wong MW
90/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“An opulent and decadent pinot, with plum, toffee and light vanilla. Full-bodied, layered, soft and succulent. Fine tannins give a creamy and polished mouthfeel. So delicious now. But this will age beautifully.” – James Suckling

“Immediately complex and very intensely aromatic. The intensity of complex savoury, floral, violet aromas with spicy oak is ramped up to maximum. The palate has a breadth, depth, and an expansive finish with concentrated, really quite ripe and voluptuous fruit, complex spice with cardamom and cocoa; firm late tannins with dollops of sweet, dusty oak. A touch warm on the end. Impressive concentration and length, but it is drying and structured. A big-shouldered, firm oaky style that needs time, but will always be on the big side. If you love powerful, larger-than-life, oaky pinot noir, this will rock your world. Drink 2025 to 2038.” – Stephen Wong MW

“The 2021 Block B Pinot Noir is leafy and spiced on the nose, with black cherries, star anise, shaved fennel (and fennel seeds), crushed black peppercorns, green tobacco and bay leaf. In the mouth, the flavors follow suit. It has smoky overtones, sumac and red apple skins, but it also is resplendent with cherries and dried herbs.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Tasting Note: Dark cherries and baked plums are unfolding from the glass, transitioning into wild thyme and violets with impressions of cassis, sandalwood, and cinnamon. A complex wine with a firm tannin structure, yet smooth mouthfeel. The supporting role of oak intensifies the underlying dark cacao and spicy characters. Cellar 8 to 15 years.

Winemaking Notes: Block B is a selection of the Dijon Pinot Noir clones; specifically the clones 115, 667, 777, 114 and 113. Hand-picked and careful selection of grapes. 100% de-stemmed, cold-maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats and left on skins for 3 weeks. Aged in 45% new and 55% used French oak barriques for 18 months.

Certification: Organic

Alcohol: 14.5%

Variety: Pinot Noir

Region: Wairarapa, New Zealand

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