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Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

26 October,2017
Doctors Flat is the label of highly respected Central Otago winemaker Steve Davies. Steve has crafted numerous award winning wines over the years, but Pinot Noir is his claim to fame. He established his 3 ha vineyard in Bannockburn in 2002, planting Pinot Noir clones 114, 115 and 777, producing his first Doctors Flat wine in 2008. Steve farms organically, believing that soil heath is a key factor for success and knowing that proper soil micro life "maintains a symbiotic relationship with the vines” which break down to provide nutrients. His research has shown that his vineyard, unusual in the region, has an advanced soil age, composed of deep gravels laid down by receding glacier some 450,000 years ago, and this is surmised to contribute to the fine tannins and good texture of his wine. Here, I review the new release 2014 Doctors Flat Pinot Noir. Steve reports that he has taken a lighter approach to inputs into the wine, after a harvest in Burgundy in 2012 and will be interested in how this will show in terms of "seeing the vineyard more clearly”. www.doctorsflat.co.nz

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Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18.5+/20
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim and youthful in appearance. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with aromas of dark-red berry and cherry fruit complexed by a harmonious layering of dark herbs and whole bunch stalk perfumes providing savoury complexities and interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fine in concentration with an elegant core of dark-red berry fruits melded with dark herbs and subtly complexing whole bunch stalk elements. The palate has richness and vitality, and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction that offers accessibility. The wine carries to a harmonious and integrated, long and concentrated finish. This is an elegantly concentrate Pinot Noir with dark cherry and berry fruit complexed by dark herb and whole bunch notes on a finely extracted palate. Match with wild duck and pork over the next 6+ years. Clones 115, 777 and 114 from the ‘Doctors Flat’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels, followed by a further 6 months in tank. 958 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $48.00
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