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(2023) The Emma in question is daughter of Creation's owners Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin. I was lucky enough to be at the winery when the first Pinot was made by Emma, the 2012 vintage, when she was aged just 11. Her latest release is made with wild-yeast fermentation and minimal intervention. It was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months, 40% new and 60% second-fill. Only 800 bottles were produced. It's a pale coloured and nicely perfumed Pinot in a reserved and rather classy style. Delicate wood spices and firm red berry fruit the main components. The palate is lovely. There's plenty of juicy, ripe red fruit, touching into strawberry, but the svelte texture and background of creamy, dark oak-derived substance gives solidity too. Excellent acidity and again, spiciness, into a long finish.
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