2016 Schubert Block B Pinot Noir

Highly Rated
Beautifully structured Martinborough Pinot Noir sitting in its peak drinking window. Sheer class.

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Kai Schubert's masterpiece is his Block B Pinot, a small production of Dijon clone Pinot Noir, aged in mostly new French oak for 18 months, and designed to age.

Six odd years from vintage and this is looking damn fine. It's still powerful and tense, with a velvety dark fruit core and some lingering, quality tannins.

Complexity is the key - there's earthiness and minerality, depth and subtlety. A truly excellent new world Pinot that would confound and delight the old world drinker.

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.

94 Points - ""A brambly, sappy pinot that has an earthy and strongly savory overall feel to it. Fragrant herbs, orange zest, pot-pourri and dried cherries with abundant baking spices, leading to a palate with a central thread of savory tannins carrying spicy dried cherries."

95 Points - "Meaty, spicy aromas with a minty palate: concentrated and complex combining sweet cherry fruit with classic earthy and mushroom notes, and a mere touch of vanilla. Herbal, savoury, earthy, with a decent finish.” - James Doidge (Decanter)

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