Friday, 21 March 2014


Ara Wines - Trio tasting March 2014

Pathway Pinot Noir 2012 12.5%
Crisp, vibrant and fresh with light red fruits; a spicy fruit cake note; easy on the nose - oak signature; on the palate and dry, light-bodied, fresh and fruity example with cranberry and cherry flavors & with an apple peel note; easy oak, moderate length, light tannins, sound and well made.
Drink Now.
3 Stars

Single Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 13%
Lifted, bright light red fruits lead by sweet cherry and spiced cranberry; some apple skin and light red rose appeal; gentle and easy oak completes the bouquet; On the palate a dry wine with a dry stone earthy quality and careful use of oak appeal; Nice balance with flavors that reflect the nose especially the spiced cranberry and red cherry; the finish with flavors of brown oak spices; overall solid and reliable expression.
Drink Now and through 2014.
3.8 Stars

Select Blocks Single Estate 2012 Pinot Noir 13.5%
Bold dark red cherry fruit aromas alongside a noteworthy use of oak with brown spices and toasty layers; on the palate the flavors are the same as the nose suggests with added lushness to the fruits and fruit flavors; fine tannins add texture and length to the palate; the alcohol adds too with depth and a little charm as well as length.
Drink now and through 2015.
4 Stars

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