Akitu ‘A1’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 23-Sep-2015
Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on edge. This has a full and voluminous nose with ethereal aromas of ripe black berried fruit, black and violet floral perfumes, along with earthy and mineral elements, all harmoniously entwined with savoury, stalky whole bunch complexities. The aromatics are refined in expression, and unfold to reveal a concentrated heart. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is sweet and succulently ripe, with a tight core of black cherry and berry fruits integrated with liquorice elements, whole bunch stalk notes and ethereal violet florals. Very fine-grained tannins provide an elegantly proportioned structure and grip, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. Subtle and complex nuances of earth and minerals emerge to add detail and the wine leads to a long, succulently sweet, lingering finish. This is an elegant, tight and refined, black fruited Pinot Noir with richness, fine textures and whole bunch complexities. Match with wild pork, rabbit or hare over the next 6-8 years. A blend of 71% Abel, 17% clone 5 and 11% 115, fermented with 28% whole clusters to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 24% new French oak. 19.0-/20 Sep 2015 RRP $47.50

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