Black Estate ‘Spye’ Omihi Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 20-Dec-2013
Fruit from the ‘Spye’ vineyard, Omihi, from vines close-planted in 1999 on clay and limestone soils, 95% destemmed with 5% foot-crushing, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 28-45 days on skins and aged 12 months in 12% new French oak barrels. Bright, dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues on edge. This has a very fresh and penetratingly aromatic nose with fragrant raspberry and red floral and liquorice notes and a little whole-berry fermentation pastille confectionary detail adding lift. Medium-full bodied, vibrant and juicy flavours of sweet black cherries and berry fruits intermingle with spices, red liquorice and dark herb complexities. The mouthfeel is plush, rich and fine in texture with very supple tannins in support, along with lacy, fresh acidity adding to the vitality. The palate has elegance and linearity, and a long, balanced and harmonious finish featuring red fruits, florals and minerals. This is a beautifully vibrant and aromatic Pinot Noir with fine balance and fresh, detailed flavours. Serve with duck and pork over the next 6-8 years. 19.0/20 Dec 2013 RRP $42.00

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