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28th March 2010

Winegrowers of Ara, Pathway Pinot Noir 2008, New Zealand
Winegrowers of Ara is a fascinating project in Marlborough that I visited just before Christmas, before publishing an in-depth report about this unique vineyard location. This is the entry level Pinot Noir from Ara, made using around older French oak barrels for around 40% of the blend. Very smoky on the nose, with a lovely sweet beetroot quality and dried cranberry and raspberry fruit. There's a hint of sappiness and freshness to the character that carries through on the palate. The finish shows some more of that sappy, earthy character. Dry and food-friendly stuff that gives a very good indication of the style of wines from this producer. 9.99, Morrison's.

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