Desert Heart Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 06-Jul-2015
Dark, deep ruby colour with a black-red heart and lighter garnet hues on the rim. The bouquet is up-front and powerful, with firm and densely packed aromas of savoury dark red berry and plum fruit harmoniously melded with layers of whole cluster dried herbs, earth and secondary undergrowth notes. With aeration, complexing dark herb, soy sauce, spice and cedary oak elements emerge. Medium-full bodied, rich and vibrantly lively fruit flavours of dark plums, dark berry fruit, dark herbs and undergrowth feature on the palate. The fruit is complexed by waves of savoury secondary undergrowth, spice and cedary oak that grow to fill the mouth. The palate is sweet and juicy with fine acidity and an integrating line of fine-grained tannins that carry the wine to a long, lingering dry finish with complex dried herb and cedar nuances. This is a full, rich and vibrant Pinot Noir with the beginnings of complex secondary development. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 115 and 667 from the ‘Desert Heart’ ‘BGILL’ block, fermented with 33% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 33% new French oak. Wine made by Alan Brady. 18.5/20 Jul 2015 RRP $42.00 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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