This was an excellent vintage pinot noir with modest crop levels of beautifully ripened fruit, which has given the wine excellent depth and concentration. It was made entirely naturally using traditional Burgundian methods, without the addition of any micro-organisms. It was matured in French oak barriques for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. Prima Donna is made only in special years and it is a selection of barrels which best reflect the vineyard and the vintage. Typically it comes from vines of at least 25 years of age.
On release the wine is a deep crimson shot with lingering hints of purple. It is redolent with suggestions of ripe red-berry fruits, wild cherries and blueberries. These intertwine with whiffs of barbequed meats, grilled mushrooms, wood-smoke, dark chocolate and vanilla pods. Although the entry is soft it seems to rapidly expand in the mouth to become rich, powerful and muscular. In spite of this it retains refinement and poise with a long robe of velvety tannins, which flow through the palate and help draw out its lingering, spicy, tangy after-taste.
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