A blend of the four & utilizing all 11 of our Pinot clones, La Strada expresses three sub-regions of Marlborough (the clay soiled Brancott and Waihopai Valleys plus the alluvial gravel and silt of the Wairau Valley). The wine opens with pretty red fruit (kirsch and wild strawberries) and a hint of blueberries before revealing a lovely cooling minerality and gentle spice. The palate shows pristine berry fruit and good weight with balanced tannins and juicy acidity
Bob Campbell - 18/20 Moderately deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge with slight purple hues. The nose is softly concentrated with gently packed aromas of dark-red berry fruits with nuances of raspberry liqueur entwined with dark herbal nuances, along with dark-red florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweet, juicy and lively fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruits intermingling with fresh and dark herbs, with raspberry liqueur and floral elements adding interest. The fruit sweetness is balanced by light, grainy tannin structure with fine, lacy acidity lending an up-front mouthfeel with good presence and texture. The flavours carry positively to a lingering finish of raspberry liqueur. This is a sweet and juicy-fruited Pinot Noir with lively dark-red berry, herb and raspberry liqueur flavours on a grainy-textured palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 5 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 115, 667, 777, 114, 113, Abel, 5. 6, 13, 10/5 and 2/10, from the ‘Fromm’, ‘Quarters’, ‘Churton’ and ‘Yarrum’ vineyards, these covering the Wairau, Brancott and Waihopi valleys, vines 14-25 y.o., fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a high proportion of whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14-16 months in <10% new French oak 228 L barrels. Certified BioGro organic.