Brennan Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 11-Jul-2018
Dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The bouquet is elegantly presented with voluminous, ethereal aromas of dark-red and black cherry fruit along with a thread of dark and fresh herbs, with whole bunch stalk perfumes, unfolding dark-red florals. This has a tight core and the classical cool edginess of Gibbston. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely proportioned with sleek, but intense flavours of dark-red and black cherry fruit intermixed with notes of dark herbs and dark-red florals. The flavours unfold to fill the palate with ethereal fragrance, all supported by fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction with balanced acidity. The palate has good linearity and drive, carrying to a very long, taut finish. This is a finely presented Pinot Noir with black cherry fruit integrated with dark herbs and florals and ethereal perfumes on a fine-textured palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from the estate Gibbston vineyard, clones 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777, Abel and 6, fermented partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 45% new oak. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $65.00 Even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. This has a full, broad and well-packed nose with deep and complex aromas of vibrant, dark-red and black-berried fruits along with subtle notes of dark herbs, spice, earthy detail and some lifted oak, unfolding suggestions of violet and black-red florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses sweetly rich and bright fruit flavours of dark red berry fruit with savoury cherry elements, along with nuances of fresh, dark herbs, revealing a little earth, spice and red florals. The fruit is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity and supported by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction, and the wine flows with energy and tension, carrying to a long, elegant finish. This is an elegant, sweet and vibrant fruited Pinot Noir with freshness, detail and supple structure. Match with duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. Clones 5, 667, 777, 115, 10/5 and 6 from Brennan vineyards, fermented with 15% indigenous yeasts and 15-20% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins 30 days and aged 11 months in 45% new oak. 702 dozen made. 18.5-/20 Jan 2017 RRP $55.00

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