This is just the third pinot noir vintage from this prestigious producer. Their 2018 release was highly anticipated after a long time in the making and they are now 100% committed to Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir.
Alma 2020 makes a strong statement for Te Mata. This is-full bodied pinot noir with rounded flavours in the red fruit spectrum, supple mouthfeel and some tannic grip. Fresh acidity refocuses the palate but those lush 2020 fruits shine through from start to finish. Subtle wood spice add more interest but remain in check, never taking over proceedings.
The winery writes "Brilliant crimson with a royal purple edge, Alma Pinot Noir ’20 has an entrancing nose of wild strawberry and cherry syrup, oriental spice, sea salt and woodsmoke. The complex palate deepens into five spice, truffle, and earth notes, with just the slightest fragrance of Earl Grey tea. Bright red fruit sparkles among a filigree of tannin. Alma Pinot Noir ’20 has presence and persistence throughout, with prettiness at its heart."