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Coal Pit ‘Tiwha’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

27 March,2017
Rosie Dunphy established Coal Pit Wines when she purchased a historical coal pit site in the Gibbston Valley in 2001 with vines established in 1994. Undergoing a programme of revitalisation, there are now 5.5 ha of Pinot Noir and 2.0 ha of Sauvignon Blanc on the 12 ha site. A 30 tonne capacity winery was built in time for the 2007 vintage. Gary Crabbe is the viticulturist and his wife Lynn Horton is the winemaker. Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are produced. The flagship Pinot Noir is named ‘Tiwha’ as a tribute to Rosie’s late father. The wines are well-received and perform well in judgings. Here, I review the new release 2015 ‘Tiwha’ Pinot Noir. www.coalpitwine.com

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Coal Pit ‘Tiwha’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18/20
Deepish ruby-red colour, lighter on the edge. The nose is elegantly concentrated with intense and integrated aromas of dark-red berry fruit entwined with dark herbs and subtle, complexing stalk and earthy notes. The aromatics grow seamlessly in volume with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate features vibrant and near-juicy fruit flavours of dark raspberries and red berry fruit melded with notes of dark herbs and subtle earthy and stalky elements. The fruit forms a fine, concentrated core supported by fine-grained tannin structure and integrated acidity. The wine flows with good linearity to a moderately long finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with dark red fruits entwined with subtle herb and complexing herb and earthy notes on a fine-grained palate. Match with pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 5 years. Hand-picked fruit, a multi-clone mix from the Coal Pit vineyard, vines planted 1994-2001, given a cold soak and fermented with 10% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 40% new French oak. 18.0/20 Mar 2017 RRP $44.95
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