2011 was a wet year Marlborough New Zealand, but lucky for us oenophiles, the clay soils of the region regulated the water intake of the vines, so this Pinot Noir is full of all the fruity flavor one expects. The wet weather also designated that the wine would require an extended aging period to develop depth and complexity – 11 months in French oak vats. The grapes are sourced from relatively young vines with small yields to produce a soft, elegant wine with gentle tannins and a touch of acidity. This wine is well structured with a subtle hint of oak and forest notes and a moderate finish full of red berry flavors. It will continue to age and develop for the next few years. Enjoy with chicken or roasted vegetable dishes.