Bishops Head Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 30-Sep-2014
Light garnet-red colour with some brick hues on rim. The bouquet is tight and firm with intense aromas of dark red berry fruits and a complex array of dried herbs, undergrowth and spicy oak with secondary mushroom, earth and cedary, spicy oak. Medium-full bodied and elegantly proportioned, concentrated and complex secondary flavours of dark red fruits, dried herbs and earth are intermixed with spicy and cedary oak. The wine is tight and intense with a concentrated dry mouthfeel from fine-grained tannin extraction. Lacy acidity provides liveliness and tension, and along with the extraction carries the wine to a long, dry-textured, but brisk, lingering finish. This is a tightly concentrated, fine-grained, Pinot Noir with complex, secondary flavours and spicy, cedary oak. Match with pork, lamb, beef and semi-hard cheeses over the next 4+ years. Clones 10/5, 777, 667 and 5, from vines 10-12 y.o., destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 5-6 weeks on skins and aged 15 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 17.5+ 20 Sep 2014 RRP $35.00

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