Monday, April 13, 2009

2007 Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir 86+ Points

2007 Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir 86+ Points

Catherine Marshall has always been very consistent with quality and represent one of the best value Pinot Noir, from the Cape.

From experience of tasting previous vintages up to 2000, Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir needs about 5 years in bottle to fully express it’s charm, complexity and full potential, at that age it normally showcase a complexity reminiscent of a style half way between a good to very good generic Burgundy of 7 to 8 years old and a mature Morgon of about 6 years old.

Whole berry ferment, this 2007 vintage is a blend of Elgin and Outeniqua fruit, it shows a clear, bright, ruby red, medium plus concentration and medium plus viscosity.

Clean.fragrant cherries and raspberries medley, ripe, expressive New World Pinot character.

Fresh, good attack, ripe tannins, intense Burgundian richness, tight cherry pip structure, complex, has depth and charm.
The oaking is subtle and delicate and just right.

From now through decanting, will peak around 2012+ and will drink well until 2015

TOMATO CATERING suggest: When young and exuberant such as this 2007, it is the perfect wine with a platter of charcuterie such as saucisson sec, chorizo, gammon, and air cured ham served with crunchy baguette and beetroot salad

When aged +- 5 years old:

Melt in the mouth marinated and slow roasted rabbit on the bones with sweet spices and red wine, served with buttered herb tagliatelli, gooseberry sauce and lightly season with fleur de sel

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