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Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

30 November,2018

Under the winemaking of Malcolm Rees-Francis, Rockburn Wines makes a diverse range of high quality and interesting Central Otago wines. However, it is Pinot Noir that is the focus, and the Rockburn Pinot Noir is one of the most consistent wines of the region, regularly winning top awards. Malcolm has ‘The Barrel’ and ‘The Art’ Pinot Noirs to express individuality, but the ‘estate’ Pinot Noir’s performance is based on the regular fruit source of Parkburn and Gibbston fruit which lends richness and ripeness with just that edginess of something cooler to keep things really interesting. Here, I review the new 2017 Pinot Noir release. www.rockburn.co.nz


Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple tints. This has a firm and finely packed nose with aromas of dark-red and black-berried fruits along with a soft and harmonious layer of dark herbs and nuances of whole bunch stalk complexities. The aromatics unfold dark-red floral notes with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated and elegant core of ripe black and dark-red berry fruit entwined with soft notes of dark herbs and whole bunch stalk nuances, along with violet and dark red floral lift. The wine flows along a finely driven line with refined tannin structure and fresh acidity that lends energy and vibrancy to the mouthfeel. The wine carries to an elegant, sustained finish. This is a finely concentrated Pinot Noir with ripe dark-red and black fruit and a subtle layering of herbs and whole bunch elements, with a refined structure and fresh acidity. Serve with beef, lamb and venison over the next 6 years. Clones 10/5, 5, 6, Abel, 667 and 777, the fruit 88% Parkburn and 12% Gibbston, fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 35% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $49.99

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