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Snow Bird South Island Pinot Noir 2016

24 August,2017
Snow Bird is a secondary label for Ostler Vineyards based in the Waitaki Valley. With winemaker Jeff Sinnott involved in other projects in different parts of the country, he has been able to obtain different parcels of Pinot Noir to blend to produce a flavoursome, approachable wine. The wine incorporates sophisticated techniques such as whole bunch fermentation, the use of open and closed fermenters, and different oak options. Here, I review the inaugural release, a blend of Waipara Valley and Waitaki Valley fruit from the 2016 vintage. www.snowbird.co,nz

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Snow Bird South Island Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - North Island

15.5/20
Even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a moderately deep nose with aromas of tamarillos entwined with black and dark-red berry fruits, fresh herbs and a layering of cool-spectrum stalk notes. The nose builds in depth and concentration with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has fresh, bright, up-front and lively fruit flavours of black and dark-red berry fruits melded with tamarillos, fresh and dark herbs and cool-spectrum, herbaceous stalk notes that form a well-packed heart. The mouthfeel is crisp and brisk with racy acidity and the fruit is upported by light, grainy-textured tannin extraction and structure. The tamarillo, herb and stalk flavours prevail and carry through to a mouthwatering, racy, lightly-nuanced finish. This is a moderately concentrated Pinot Noir with black and dark-red fruits overlaid by tamarillo, herb and stalk notes on a brisk palate with light, grainy textures. Serve with herb-marinated poultry and pork dishes over the next 3 years. A blend of fruit, 55% from the Waipara Valley and 45% from the Waitaki Valley, fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine given oak contact. 15.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $24.90
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