Chard Farm ‘The Tiger – Single Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 03-Apr-2013
Named in honour of the late Keith ‘Tiger’ Thompson who was the cellar door host for 12 years. 50% clone 5, 30% clone 667 and 20% clone 777 from the company’s ‘Tiger’ vineyard, an elevated terrace site at the bottom of the Lowburn Valley. The fruit given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 25-30% whole bunch to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 17-18% new French oak. Moderately deep ruby-red with some garnet hues. The bouquet is softly dense with aromas of dark red berry fruits and red florals with a ripe core, revealing notes of dried herbs. The nose is detailed and harmoniously integrated. Medium-bodied, sweetly ripe, dark red berry fruits are lifted with aromatic floral elements. Notes of spices and dried herbs, along with subtle earthy notes are revealed in the glass. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin textures and supple extraction, the fruit richness enhanced by lively, lacy acidity. The flavours are carried smoothly and effortlessly along a lingering, nuanced finish. Soft red fruits and florals, along with dried herb notes feature on this fine-textured and integrated Pinot Noir. Serve with tuna, salmon, duck and pork over the next 5-6 years. 18.5/20 Apr 2013 RRP $69.00

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