Sileni The Plateau Pinot Noir 2016  £12.56

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Sileni Estates was born from a long-standing interest in wine by Graeme Avery. In late 1997, along with financial director Chris Cowper and winemaker Grant Edmonds, he established Sileni as an export-oriented producer, committed to crafting world-class fine wines. The winery is named after the Sileni who featured in Roman mythology alongside Bacchus, the God of Wine. They celebrated good wine, good food and good company; to us here at KWM the holy trinity. The vineyards and winery are based near Hastings, Hawke’s Bay - the oldest wine region in New Zealand - on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The wines are precise and fruit-driven and as well as Pinot and Syrah the range includes a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and a sparkling Sauvignon Blanc.

Grown on elevated river terraces, in the cooler, inland, Mangatahi sub-region. Soils are free draining silt, over gravels. Crops were thinned to an average of 2.2kg per vine to provide ripe and concentrated fruit flavours. Partially crushed into a mix of open top and closed top tanks, the open fermenters were hand plunged and the closed top were rummaged and pumped-over for extraction. Racked to French barriques and completed malolactic fermentation naturally in the spring. It was matured nine months before blending and bottling.

Complex aromas of varietal dark berry fruit and florals. The palate is rich with flavours of sweet dark cherry, spice and silky tannins. This is a food-friendly style, excellent with mushroom risotto, pink duck lamb or pasta with truffle and parmesan.

From robust salmon dishes through to the Christmas goose, this is a verstaile match for many rich foods.


 Joe Czerwinski

 The Wine Advocate

"Moderately more concentrated than the Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, the 2016 Estate Selection Plateau Pinot Noir offers bolder, brighter cherry flavors framed by a subtle kiss of mocha-tinged oak and some soft, dusty tannins on the long finish. It's still a relatively simple, fruit-driven wine."

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