Monday, April 18, 2011

Topaz Elgin Pinot Noir 2008 85 Points

Topaz Elgin Pinot Noir 2008 85 Points

Medium clear, bright, dark cherry red with slight mahogany / brown rim, high concentration, quite dark for a 100% Pinot Noir! medium plus viscosity, no gas or sediment.

Clean, initially quite shy, but with aeration reveals a medium to medium plus intensity, ripe to overipe with slight jaminess of dark cherries, plums, hints of raisin, earthy, loamy, kind of bold style, subtle oaking, probably higher percentage of older barrel (2nd / 3rd?), hints of iron, complex.

Dry, medium plus acidity, medium plus alcohol, medium tannin (crunchy+) new flavours of savoury plums, black olives, hints of leather and game meat, rich "meaty" style, on the riper spectrum of Pinot, tea leaf complexity, great vinosity, the fresh bright acidity save the wine and enlivened the palate weight, gentle extraction, medium plus lenght and medium plus complexity, now until 2019

If poured under South African climatic condition, served at 12 degrees celsius and paired with a pot roasted beef fillet, crunchy vegetables medley potato fondant and creamy black pepper sauce.