Ceres ‘Composition’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 14-Nov-2011
Bright, even, light ruby-red colour, with some purple hues, youthful in appearance. Gently full on the nose, this has secondary savoury red berry fruit aromas with dried herb, earth and smoky oak along with a lifted element. Medium-bodied, this has a lush palate with sweet, juicy savoury flavours of cooked red fruits, complexed by mushrooms and dried herbs. There is a restraint, with supple tannins forming a core with some substance. The acidity is elevated and provides a long, racy finish with game and forest floor nuances lingering. A lively wine with some secondary complexities developing, this has the weight and structure to match Middle Eastern lamb and game dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones 6, 777 and 115 from the ‘Inlet' vineyard and clones 5 and 115 from the ‘Black Rabbit' site in Cairnmuir Road, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 20% new French oak. Winemaker Matt Dicey. 17.0-/20 Novv 2011 RRP $37.00 www.cereswines.co.nz Fruit from 8 ha over three vineyards in close proximity, the ‘Inlet' and ‘Black Rabbit' sites on Cairnmuir Road and the ‘Full Circle' site on Felton Road. Light ruby red in colour with a purple hue to the edge, this has a subdued, softly full nose of red and black summer fruits with notes of dried herb, oak toast and a touch of reduction. A medium-light bodied wine, at 14.0% alc., the berry fruit flavours are a little dumb, the sweetness not coming to the fore. Acidity and fine, but firm tannins feature, resulting in a dry chalky mouthfeel. Drink over the next 3-4 years. 15.0-/20 Feb 2011 RRP $35.00

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