Place: North Canterbury, NZ
Variety: Pinot Noir
Words from the importer, Bibendum:
On release, Weersing wrote, “One could hardly ask for a more invigorating, seductive, and briskly legitimate example of this wine.” Today, the ’16 Angel Flower is in its sweet spot. The aromas are alluring and wide open, laden with spices and secondary complexity. At the same time, the texture has resolved to velvety smoothness, carried by still-vibrant acidity—you can feel the freshness of this site. We love how the developing balsamic, hoisin and Asian spice notes cascade around the wine’s savoury elements and seam of fresh red fruit. It’s poised and elegant, and it is drinking beautifully.
The 2016 Angel Flower Pinot Noir, like its Earth Smoke stablemate, is a delicate ruby hue in the glass, showing that colour (at least in Pinot Noir) often has very little to do with flavor or intensity. On the nose, delicate herbal and floral nuances dance atop a base of freshly turned earth and ripe black cherries. In the mouth, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated yet silky and fresh, with a lingering, elegant finish that ends on an uplifting herbal note. It should drink well for a decade, perhaps longer.