Bird ‘Big Barrel’ ‘Old Schoolhouse Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 07-Feb-2012
Fruit from the ‘Old Schoolhouse Vineyard', Omaka, given a cold soak, then fermented to 13.2% alc. and aged 9 months in 900 L ‘Big Barrels'. The vinification employs the ‘Vernou Roll' system where the barrel is gently rolled by hand. Brilliant ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, good depth. This is elegant and tight, the bouquet very refined, showing pure red berry fruit, dark red florals and nuances of raspberry liqueur that intensify in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned, the dark red berry fruits a little restrained, but with subtle richness that is enhanced by elevated, racy acidity and fine-grained tannins that result in a silky and slippery texture. Delicate oak spice and savoury nuances emerge and linger on a sustained, dry finish. This is a refined and near ethereal Pinot Noir with finesse and fine mouthfeel. Match with poultry and pork over the next 5-6+ years. 1,100 cases made. 18.5-/20 Feb 2012 RRP $36.95

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