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

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 03-Apr-2013
Named after the ‘Vipers Bugloss’ wildflower prevalent in the area. Fruit from the ‘Granstand’ and ‘North’ blocks of the ‘Viper’ vineyard in Parkburn, the site with silt loam soil over schist gravel. 100% clone 777 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. Even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on rim. The nose is gentle and even, growing in volume with ethereal aromas of dark and red berry fruits along with an earthy complexity, to form a complete and packed nose with excellent breadth and depth. Medium-full bodied, a fine-grained, firmly concentrated textural line from the extraction is the feature on the palate. Tightly bound, sweetly ripe, dark berry fruit flavours are framed by the structure. The mouthfeel is very fine, with excellent acid tension, vitality and energy that is manifest in the linear drive. The flavours and tannins carry through to a fine, firm and sustained finish. This is a firm, driven Pinot Noir with underlying, sweet, dark berry fruits and fresh acidity. Serve with roasted and slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 6-9 years. 18.5+/20 Apr 2013 RP $69.00

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