Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 12-Jul-2013
Made from a blend of barrels not included in the ‘Folding Hill’ label. Clones 5, 6, Abel, 115, 667 and 777, fruit from the ‘Folding Hill’ vineyard in Bendigo, hand-picked, destemmed, given a cold oak and fermented partly with indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 12-15 days on skins post ferment and aged 10 months in 20% new oak barrels. Dark, even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is firm and intense with concentrated aromas of ripe, dark red berry fruits, lifted with black florals and liquorice notes. Herbs, spices and hints of earth add interest. Medium-full bodied, a tightly bound core of ripe, spicy black berry fruits, plums and liquorice are supported by fine, grainy tannins, lending a dryness and good structure to the mouthfeel. The flavours of spices and liquorice are carried by the textured line to a firm and lingering finish with good acid emerging and enlivening the fruit. This is a dry and moderately firm-textured Pinot Noir with attractively spiced black fruit and liquorice flavours. Match with roasted duck, pork and casseroles over the next 4-6 years. 17.5+/20 Jul 2013 RRP $29.00

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