Brandied cherries, or those cherries that are glazed you consume at Christmas. Actually, I was a fat kid and I had the glazed cherries before Christmas. That’s the smell I get with this Pinot Noir. The colour is darker than normal, still light but with a bit more power than previous. We stored the wine for 12 months in some decent French oak puncheons, so there is a bit of oak peeping through certainly to smell. Flavour is deceptive because it is all front then with a firm dry tannic finish. What is happening here is the wine needs to be kept for at least 6 months, or consumed with some protein. As a light red to chill where you might drink a fruity young Beaujolais style, this is not for you. Duck, speck/bacon, meat balls, cured vegetables will work well.