Saturday, May 3, 2014

Avontuur Minelli Pinot Noir 80 Points

Here is a prime example of an over ambitious, over manipulated Pinot in the cellar which shows all the no no’s, with it to start with as being over ripe showing some soapy notes, possibly very high pH (over 3.7?), very dark color for Pinot too, with more than generous oaking marred by American oak character, masking all fruit subtlety and the texture, though has some Pinot character, shows that the acid (probably acidified) has still not integrated after 4 years, in fact I doubt it will ever be integrated, as there is not enough fruit to support further developments, a style for the adventurous.
Alcohol: high| 14 %abv

Origin: Stellenbosch

Notes: prune| strawberries| coconut | spicy | toast

Ideal drinking occasions: winter time

Serve with: wild boar civet

Drink: now until 2015+