Carrick ‘Excelsior’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 17-Jul-2018
Full, even, dark-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned with fine and firmly concentrated, deep, fragrant aromas of ripe black cherry and dark raspberry fruit along with a subtle savoury amalgam with nutty, cedary oak, dark herbs, unfolding red florals. This has a beautiful layering of aromatics that show complexing perfumes and detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely presented with a concentrated heart of dark-red berry fruit with subtle savoury notes of dark and dried herbs, nutty and cedary oak, with earthy and floral nuances. The fruit is rich and sweetly succulent, encased by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. The wine carries to a long, lingering finish of dark fruits and nutty oak. This is a rich and concentrated Pinot Noir fine fruit and aromatics with savoury complexities and a refined, but considerable structure. Match with slow-cooked game meat over the next 6-8+ years. Fruit from ungrafted 10/5 clone vines, planted 1993 in the ‘Cairnmuir’ vineyard, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 25% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. A 6 barrel selection, 140 dozen made. The label displays the Grahame Sydney painting ‘Weatherboards at Cluden’ 1979. 19.0/20 Jul 2018 RRP $95.00

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