Hatter's Hill Pinot Noir in Top 50
Delta's Hatter's Hill Pinot Noir has been named in The Wine Merchant Magazine Top 50
The competition is devoted to wines that are exclusive to independents, and the judges (all independents themselves) are asked to appraise wines in the same way as they would a wine fighting for space on their own shelves. The tasting was blind, though all judges had an indication of where a wine was from, the grapes it contained, and an idea of retail price. The judging panel was overseen by journalist David Williams (The Observer, The Wine Gang, World of Fine Wine) , in partnership with three senior judges.
"We're looking for wines of character, interest and quality, but we also want the wines to be commercially viable," said Williams.
They chose only their top 50 wines, and the 09 Hatter's Hill
was one of these.
4 Stars for Delta Hatter's Hill Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009
Hand-picked Dijon clone fruit from the hill of 'Delta Farm' vineyard, hand-picked, cold soaked and fermented with a small portion of whole bunches to 13.0% alc., approx. two-thirds of the wine aged 10 months in French oak, 50% of the total wine seeing new oak. Deep ruby-red colour with some garnet hues, lighter on rim. Very full, softly integrated aromas of red berry fruits are interwoven with layers of red florals, savoury dried herbs and hints of oak spice. Medium-full bodied, soft red fruit flavours of cherries and strawberries are immediately rich and mouthfilling, and unfold to show savoury dried herb elements and the beginnings of secondary nuance. The fruit is supported by significant tannin extraction providing a fulsome mouthfeel. The tannins are fine and supple and the acidity is restrained, resulting in a palate of harmony and balance. Sweet fruit flavours blossom and are a feature on the finish. This is a harmoniously structured Pinot Noir showing layers of soft red fruit flavours and the beginnings of secondary complexity. Serve with roasted and braised lamb dishes over the next 5-6 years. 18.0+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $34.00