Black Quail Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 20-Dec-2013
Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with lighter garnet hues on rim. The nose is very concentrated and tightly packed with aromas of black cherries, kirsch and violet florals, unfolding layers of savoury dark herbs, and mineral notes, showing some secondary complex undergrowth elements in the glass. Medium-full bodied, tight and concentrated flavours of rich and succulent black berry fruits are intermixed with dark, dried herbs, black florals and liquorice flavours. The fruit is supported and encased by grainy tannin extraction, with bright acidity enlivening the fruit and providing good vitality and drive. The palate has a firm and concentrated core that carries through to a well-textured, strong fruited finish of liquorice, spices, oak and herbs with very good length. This is a classical Central Otago Pinot Noir with black fruit and savoury herb flavours supported by plenty of extract and acidity. Serve with Asian duck and Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 5-7 years. Clones 5, 115, 667 and 10/5 from the ‘Black Quail’ vineyard in Bannockburn, picked in two lots, destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., and aged 10 months in new, 1 y.o. and 2 y.o. French oak barrels. 18.5+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $39.00

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