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2015 Earth Smoke Pinot Noir
Waikari, North Canterbury
Light ruby, not brilliant, but with lively lights.
Immediately serious on the nose, brooding, with sombre depths; scents of black cherry, black plum, even blackberry, with stem and torus still attached. Also a fascinating note that is both deep and high, something like the similar simultaneity of pomegranate molasses.
So unyielding, so adamant and powerful, that after the easy charm of the Angel Flower this seems almost menacing. This does not covet winks and smiles, but instead commands heedfulness. The very long finish feels expansive, and seems astonishingly gracious, for a wine that is mostly exigent in nature.