Brennan Gibbston Pinot Noir 2012 Revisited
In February earlier this year, I was provided with a sample of the 2012 Brennan Central Otago Pinot Noir by winemaker Sarah Burton, who had recently joined Sean Brennan at his Gibbston Valley vineyard and winery. On tasting the wine, I found it impressively tasty with a full range of interesting flavours and a vigorous mouthfeel. Against most other Pinot Noirs I was tasting at the time, it was on the very strong end of the scale, and indeed amongst the other Pinot Noirs, it was extremely bold. Playing safe, I marked it conservatively at 17.5+/20.
Last month I was sent the 2011 vintage Brennan Pinot Noir by marketing manager Rebecca Potez. This wine was of a very similar ilk to the 2012, and it dawned upon me this was the house style of the wines. I particularly liked the complete package of the 2011, marking it 18.5-/20. I only felt it fair to reassess the 2012 in the light of having tasted the 2011. Rebecca Potez obliged with another sample. Here is my revised review of the wine. The 2011 is the current release, and the 2012 is to follow in the future. www.brennanwines.com
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Brennan Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012Pinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 02-Jun-2016Moderately dark, deep, black-hued red with garnet hues, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full, bold and up-front with solidly packed aromas of rich, ripe dark-red berry fruits layered with savoury dark thyme herbs and complex notes of stalk, game, mushroom and complexing, lifted, cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and lusciously succulent fruit flavours of savoury red berry fruits, dark plums, thyme herbs, lifted florals and savoury game, undergrowth and mushroom flavours. The mouthfeel is robust and vigorous with accessible tannin structure and integrated, soft acidity enlivening the fruitiness. This has a rich core that carries to a long, fulsome finish of rich, savoury red fruits. This is a fulsome, vigorous and robust Pinot Noir with savoury fruit and complexing layers of interest on an accessible, but well-structured palate. Match with game meats and casseroles over the next 6+ years. Clone 5, 667, 777, 10/5 and 6 fruit from the ‘Brennan’ vineyard fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 22 months in 44% new French oak. 625 cases made. 18.5+/20 Jun 2016 RRP $55.00 Dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full and broad with deep, lifted aromas of savoury dark red berry fruit complexed by layers of dried thyme herbs, tamarillos, ripe dark plums and secondary game notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full and up-front with softly ripe dark red berry fruits alongside tamarillo fruit, dried herbs, plums and savoury game elements, The fruit is framed by plenty of fine, grainy tannins lending a dry texture with good grip. Soft, background acidity enhances the rounded fruit core, and the wine gently recedes to a light, savoury red-fruited finish. This is an up-front, savoury Pinot Noir with sweet and gamey complexities and a grainy, structured mouthfeel. Match with game meat dishes and casseroles over the next 4-5+ years. Clone 5, 667, 777, 10/5 and 6 fruit from the ‘Brennan’ vineyard fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 22 months in 44% new French oak. 625 cases made. 17.5+/20 Feb 2016 RRP $55.00