Bald Hills ‘Single Vineyard’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 13-May-2013
Clones 115 and Abel, destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 1 y.o. French oak barriques. Winemaker: Peter Bartle. Moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter on rim. This has a softly full and gently blossoming bouquet of dark red cherry fruit and red plums laced with nuances of herbs, pepper and liquorice, and lifted by fragrant red floral notes. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is a little restrained in expression, but there is some lusciousness to the flavours of dark cherries, herbs and liquorice. The extraction is sensitive and the acidity is discreet, providing a soft-textured mouthfeel. There is an underlying presence which forms a good core and driven line, carrying the flavours of dark red fruits, Asian spices, herbs and oak to a sustained finish. This soft, gently fruited and well-weighted Pinot Noir has attractive herb and spice notes. Serve with Middle Eastern cuisine or with semi hard cheeses over the next 5+ years. 18.0/20 May 2013 RRP $49.50

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