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Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

11 September,2017
‘Madam Sass’ is a new Pinot Noir brand of Accolade Wines that comes under the Eon of Bendigo project. The project explores the various facets of the ‘Claim 431’ vineyard sited at Bendigo in Central Otago. To date, the site has given many high quality wines, a number of which have won top awards in judgings and tastings. The Eon of Bendigo Pinot Noirs have shown themselves to be serious, sophisticated and ageworthy. The Madam Sass is a more light-hearted, accessible wine, but made to show the characteristics of the ‘Claim 431; vineyard and the Bendigo sub-region. It is named for the gutsy women who were integral with the Central Otago gold rush era. Here is my review of the wine.


Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

Moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and gently voluminous, quite up-front and accessible with aromas of dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit harmoniously melded with dark herbs and a suggestion of stalk, unfolding subtle earthy elements. The nose grows in depth with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has juicy, up-front and easy flavours of sweet dark cherry fruit with notes of raspberries entwined with herb and stalk element. The fruit is supported by light, supple tannin extraction with integrated acidity. The wine flows softly and smoothly to a gently lingering, sweet red-fruited finish with nuances of liquorice and herbs. This is an easy and accessible, up-front Pinot Noir with juicy flavours of cherries and raspberries with herb notes, on supple and smooth palate. Match with antipasto, tapas, pasta and poultry over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Claim 431’ vineyard, Bendigo, fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 8 months in new and seasoned French oak. 16.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $26.00
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