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Mount Dottrel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

14 September,2018

Mount Dottrel is the second label of Mitre Rocks, the Central Otago wine venture of Simon and Roy McCallum. They have 42 ha of vineyard at Parkburn on the Cromwell-Wanaka Road, the vines planted in 2000, giving them their first vintage for 2005. James Dicey of Grape Vision tends to the viticulture, and the wines have been made at VinPro.

In 2011, rather than having two tiers, usually made by barrel selection, the McCallums and winemaker Carol Bunn decided to make the wine all as a single vineyard wine under the Mount Dottrel label. I reviewed the wine in March last year, and I do so again here. The bottle I have just tasted has put on richness over that I looked at in 2017 and generally looks better.


Mount Dottrel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Even red colour with some garnet hues, a little lighter on the edge. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with firm aromas of dark-red cherry fruit entwined with dark herbs and subtle stalk elements, unfolding some earthy and nutty notes and a little lift. Some savoury secondary aromas are emerging. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with sweetly rich and juicy flavours of dark cherries with subtle notes of dark herbs, along with some savoury secondary earthy and nutty elements. The fruit is up-front forms a well-bound succulent core, and is supported by grainy tannin extraction and grip, with lacy acidity ending energy. The wine carries to a nuanced, savoury finish with a drying line. This is a juicy and rich up-front Pinot Noir with cherry fruit and savoury herb, earth and nutty secondary development on a grainy palate with good energy and a dry finish. Serve with coq au vin, casseroles and game meat over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Mitre Rocks’ vineyard, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in one-third new oak. 17.5-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $28.00

Ruby-red colour with some depth and lighter garnet hues on the edge. The nose is light with softly packed aromas of red cherry and berry fruit entwined with notes of redcurrants and fresh herbs, unfolding earthy nuance and suggestions of red florals. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours are slender in presentation, showing savoury red berry fruits, redcurrant and herb notes, along with earthy elements. The flavours are up-front and supported by drying tannin extraction and grip, with fresh, lacy acidity lending tension and liveliness. The wine carries to a brisk, acidic finish with some alcohol heat and drive. This is a slender Pinot Noir with savoury red berry fruits along with herb notes on a dry, textured palate with lively acidity. Match with herb-marinated red meats and casseroles over the next 2+ years. Pinot Noir fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged in French oak. 16.0/20 Mar 2017 RRP $25.00
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