Black Quail Estate Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 30-Jul-2021
Deep ruby-red with good transparency, slightly lighter edged. The nose is lifting and softly full, nuances of fresh thyme, black liquorice interweave black cherries, blackberries, unfolding black pepper and sweet barrel spices. Medium-full bodied, a rush of black cherries, blackberries aroma melded with black pepper and elevated spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Fine-grained, ripe tannin coated the palate like a silk veil; spices and herbs nuance linger with the support of integrated acidity to a sustained, spiced finish. This is a black-fruited Pinot Noir with herbaceous and spicy elements on a silky and bright palate. Match with lamb rump steak and mushroom stew over the next 6+ years. The fruit was sourced from Bannockburn, fermented with 23% whole bunch to 13% alc, aged in French oak, 20% new oak, unfined and unfiltered. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) July 2021 RRP $45

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